Playing left winger and wearing number 14, Taylor Pyatt played for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2009/2010 NHL season. He reportedly earned $600,000 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the Phoenix Coyotes was reportedly $49,025,000, so his salary represented 1.2% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Phoenix Coyotes was $1,885,576. The median salary was $1,125,000. He played a total of 74 games that season, with 12 goals and 11 assists - a total of 23 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $8,108.11 per game. Taylor Pyatt had a plus/minus of 13, 39 PIM (penalties in minutes), 1 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 3 GWG (game winning goals), and took 121 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2009/2010 season of 9.90%. 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 $50,000 and his salary per point was $26,087.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $600,000 he can expect to pay around $185,649 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 23 median high school teachers, 26 median police officers, or 37 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $414,351 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.