Shawn Horcoff wore number 10 while playing center for the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the season was reportedly $6,500,000. The total team salary for the Edmonton Oilers was reportedly $45,305,000, so his salary represented 14.3% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Edmonton Oilers was $1,812,200. The median salary was $875,000. He played a total of 47 games that season, with 9 goals and 18 assists - a total of 27 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $138,297.87 per game. Shawn Horcoff had a plus/minus of -1, 46 PIM (penalties in minutes), 5 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 78 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 11.50%. We can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists), if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly on offense. His salary per goal scored was $722,222 and his salary per point was $240,741.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $6,500,000 he can expect to pay around $2,250,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 276 median high school teachers, 314 median police officers, or 446 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $4,249,716 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".