Wearing number 12, Robert Nilsson played the position of left winger while playing for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2008/2009 National Hockey League season. He reportedly earned $1,500,000 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the Edmonton Oilers was reportedly $54,067,381, so his salary was about 2.8% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Edmonton Oilers was $1,750,000. The average salary was $2,350,755. During the 64 games that he played that season, he scored 9 goals and had 20 assists - a total of 29 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $23,437.50 per game played. Robert Nilsson had a plus/minus of 1, 26 PIM (penalties in minutes), 4 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 1 GWG (game winning goals), and took 77 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2008/2009 season of 11.70%. 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 $166,667 and his salary per point was $51,724.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $1,500,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $500,689 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 61 median high school teachers, 70 median police officers, or 99 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $999,311 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".