Wearing number 81, Phil Kessel played the position of right winger while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $6,000,000. The total team salary for the Toronto Maple Leafs was reportedly $51,235,000, so his salary was about 11.7% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Toronto Maple Leafs was $950,000, while the average salary was $2,134,791. During the 82 games that he played that season, he scored 32 goals and had 32 assists - a total of 64 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $73,170.73 per game. Phil Kessel had a plus/minus of -20, 24 PIM (penalties in minutes), 12 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 6 GWG (game winning goals), and took 325 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 9.80%. 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 $187,500 and his salary per point was $93,750.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $6,000,000 he can expect to pay around $2,075,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 255 median high school teachers, 290 median police officers, or 411 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $3,924,716 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.
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".