During the 2008/2009 NHL season, David Clarkson played right winger for the New Jersey Devils, wearing number 23. He reportedly earned $800,000 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the New Jersey Devils was reportedly $55,654,200, so his salary was about 1.4% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the New Jersey Devils was $2,500,000, while the average salary was $2,419,747. During the 82 games that he played that season, he scored 17 goals and had 15 assists - a total of 32 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $9,756.10 per game. David Clarkson had a plus/minus of -1, 164 PIM (penalties in minutes), 4 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 3 GWG (game winning goals), and took 158 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2008/2009 season of 10.80%. 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 $47,059 and his salary per point was $25,000.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with an annual U.S.-based salary of $800,000 he can expect to pay around $255,689 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 31 median high school teachers, 36 median police officers, or 51 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $544,311 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".