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NHL Fortune: $46,068,000

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Wayne Gretzky’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $46,067,992 (US $82,578,478 in today's dollars), ranking #167 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1978-79 $212,986 $835,282
At age 17, signed a 7-year personal services deal with Nelson Skalbania, owner of the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association. After 8 games, Skalbania sold Gretzky to the Edmonton Oilers, of the World Hockey Association. Gretzky played the remainder of the season there and the next season, the WHA folded and Edmonton joined the NHL.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1979-80 $207,400 $730,470
Has $3,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Maclean's
1980-81 $207,643 $644,348
Had $3,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company. According to his business manager Gus Badali, in the 1982 Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey, he earned twice as much off-the-ice as on the ice.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Maclean's (according to the 1982 The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey, he made $C 150,000)
1981-82 $202,543 $569,749
Had $3,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Maclean's
1982-83 $196,957 $521,885
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1983-84 $196,957 $505,642
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1984-85 $187,486 $461,406
The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook has a different version, stating that he is making nearly $1,000,000 in salary
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1985-86 $732,000 $1,739,520
Estimated salary based on information from the 1984-85 and 1987-88 seasons.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1986-87 $720,000 $1,679,781
Estimated salary based on information from the 1984-85 and 1987-88 seasons.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1987-88 $754,000 $1,697,164
Earned $C 1M from the Edmonton Oilers, including base salary and bonuses. He also had endorsement deals totalling approximately $1M for the year from companies such as Pro-Stars cereals, Mr. Big chocalate, 7-Up, and GWG jeans.
Source: Edmonton Journal / Maclean's
1988-89 $900,000 $1,945,309
Source: NY Daily News
1989-90 $1,720,000 $3,546,806 2
Has $125,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Canadian Press / Mclean's
1990-91 $3,000,000 $5,869,166 1 $1,280,000 74%
One-way contract. In March 1991, along with LA Kings owner Bruce McNall (who in 1993 pleaded guilty to 2 counts of bank fraud and to single counts of conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud 6 banks, 1 securities company and the King), Gretzky purchased a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card for $451,000. In 1995, they sold it for $500,000 to Wal-Mart and Treat Entertainment for use as the grand prize in a promotional contest.
Source: Book: The Card / Associated Press / The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $3,000,000 $5,632,159 1
1992-93 $3,000,000 $5,467,569 3
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News
1993-94 $3,000,000 $5,308,651 3
1994-95 $3,737,159 $6,447,986 1 $737,159 25%
Lockout: NHL salary prorated for 48-game season.
His portfolio of endorsements and partnerships added $11.9M to his salary for the year. Included deals with Domino's Pizza, Sharp Electronics, Coca-Cola and Zurich Insurance.
Source: Maclean's
1995-96 $6,545,363 $10,981,951 1 $2,808,204 75%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $5,047,500 $8,225,913 3 -$1,497,863 -23%
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $6,500,000 $10,355,452 3 $1,452,500 29%
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $6,000,000 $9,412,270 6 -$500,000 -8%
Total:
US $46,067,992

In today's dollars:
US $82,578,478
NHL Rank:
167

In today's dollars:
60