During the 2009/2010 NHL season, Scottie Upshall played right winger for the Phoenix Coyotes, wearing number 8. He earned a salary, reportedly, of $1,500,000. The total team salary for the Phoenix Coyotes was reportedly $49,025,000, so his salary was about 3.1% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Phoenix Coyotes was $1,125,000, while the average salary was $1,885,576. During the 49 games that he played that season, he scored 18 goals and had 14 assists - a total of 32 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $30,612.24 per game. Scottie Upshall had a plus/minus of 5, 50 PIM (penalties in minutes), 2 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 4 GWG (game winning goals), and took 119 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2009/2010 season of 15.10%. 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 $83,333 and his salary per point was $46,875.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $1,500,000 he can expect to pay around $500,649 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar 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 $999,351 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.