Travis Zajac wore number 19 while playing center for the New Jersey Devils in the 2010/2011 NHL season. He reportedly had a salary of $3,500,000. The total team salary for the New Jersey Devils was reportedly $57,140,000, so his salary represented 6.1% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the New Jersey Devils was $2,285,600. The median salary was $1,100,000. He played a total of 82 games that season, with 13 goals and 31 assists - a total of 44 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $42,682.93 per game. Travis Zajac had a plus/minus of -6, 24 PIM (penalties in minutes), 2 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 173 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 7.50%. 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 $269,231 and his salary per point was $79,545.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $3,500,000 he can expect to pay around $1,200,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 147 median high school teachers, 168 median police officers, or 238 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,299,716 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".