Rick DiPietro wore number 39 while playing goaltender for the New York Islanders in the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the season was reportedly $4,500,000. The total team salary for the New York Islanders was reportedly $29,727,500, so his salary represented 15.1% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the New York Islanders was $1,143,365. The median salary was $765,000. He played a total of 26 games that season, with 0 goals and 1 assist - a total of 1 point. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $173,076.92 per game. Rick DiPietro had a plus/minus of 0, 25 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 0 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%. His goaltending statistics include 1533 min, 773 SA (shots against), 088 GA (goals against), 3.44 GAA (goals against average), 88.60% save percent, and a record of 8-14-4, including 1 shutouts. We can divide his salary by the number of shots against, if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly as a goaltender. His salary per shot against was $5,821.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $4,500,000 he can expect to pay around $1,550,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 190 median high school teachers, 217 median police officers, or 307 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,949,716 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".