Thomas Vanek wore number 26 while playing left winger for the Buffalo Sabres in the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $6,400,000. The total team salary for the Buffalo Sabres was reportedly $56,255,000, so his salary represented 11.4% of that total team payroll. We can compare his salary to the other players on his team. The median salary for a player on the Buffalo Sabres was $1,475,000, while the average salary was $2,343,958. He played a total of 80 games that season, with 32 goals and 41 assists - a total of 73 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $80,000.00 per game played. Thomas Vanek had a plus/minus of 2, 24 PIM (penalties in minutes), 11 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 5 GWG (game winning goals), and took 238 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 13.40%. 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 $200,000 and his salary per point was $87,671.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $6,400,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $2,215,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 272 median high school teachers, 310 median police officers, or 439 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $4,184,716 left over. However, he may still have 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".