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Salary History of Current & Past NHL Players
(since  1989)
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NHL salary history since 1989
including contract info and total accumulated.


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Salary ($US)

$ Increase

% Inc.




1993-94 $180,000
1994-95 $133,647
Contract = $230,425
$(46,354) -26% Players' Strike: 48 out of 84 games played. Most players only received +/- 58% of the amount listed.
1995-96 $500,000 $366,354 274%
1997-98 $1,000,000
1998-99 $1,200,000 $200,000 20%
1999-00 $1,320,000 $120,000 10%  
2000-01 $2,250,000 $930,000 70%  
2001-02 $2,250,000
2002-03 $2,250,000
2003-04 $1,500,000 $(750,000) -33%
2004-05 Lockout Complete season lockout: Some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so but none got an NHL salary.
2005-06 $1,216,000 $(284,000) -19%
2006-07 $1,000,000 $(216,000) -18%
2007-08 $475,000 $(525,000) -53%

Total NHL fortune accumulated from 1989 to 2012

The listed salaries were gathered from different sources (The Hockey News, USA Today, La Presse, Le Droit, Yearbooks, NHLPA, etc.)  and while they closely reflect reality, they are not necessarily exact.

The 1989-2010 Total DOES take into account the fact that players received only +/-58% of their salary during the 1994-95 season because of a strike (48 games played instead of 84). Some players possibly had contracts stipulating that they were paid despite a strike but we have no information in that regard.

During the 2004-05 lockout, some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so. It is not included in the Grand Total because we have no information about the salaries they made in those leagues.

Some players have two-way contracts and have received lower salaries than those listed when playing in farm clubs.

Salaries paid in Canadian currency by Canadian teams, in the early 90s, were converted to $US as per the January exchange rate of the given seasons.

If you'd like to provide us with salary or contract signing information about a player, contact us with the details and the source of information.


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Top 25 for each season since 1989
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Total Payroll per NHL team for various seasons


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