During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Paul Mara played defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, wearing number 22. He reportedly earned $750,000 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the Montreal Canadiens was reportedly $63,245,833, so his salary was about 1.2% of the team's total reported payroll. Comparing his salary to the other players on his team, reportedly, the average salary for a player on the Montreal Canadiens was $2,432,532, while the median salary was $1,425,000. During the 53 games that he played that season, he scored 1 goal and had 5 assists - a total of 6 points. To find out how much he earned per game played, we can divide his reported salary by the number of games played. He earned $14,150.94 per game. Paul Mara had a plus/minus of 1, 88 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 50 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 2.00%. If we want to evaluate his performance strictly on offense, we can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists). His salary per goal scored was $750,000 and his salary per point was $125,000.
Don't forget about taxes. Although each NHL season is composed of months two separate calendar years, having a salary in the United States of $750,000 we can estimate that he would have to hand over $237,784 in federal income taxes. For comparison, that is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 29 median high school teachers, 33 median police officers, or 47 median fire fighters. After paying the federal government, he would have $512,216 left over. However, he may still need to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.
Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".