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NHL Fortune: $99,663,695

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Zdeno Chara’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$99,663,695 (US$117,535,442 in today's dollars), ranking #15 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: Slovakia
Position: D
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1996
  • Round #3
  • Overall Pick: 56
  • By: New York Islanders

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1998-99 $875,000 $1,388,427 290
1999-00 $875,000 $1,358,672 317
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $632,500 $950,072 492 -$242,500 -28%
2001-02 $1,100,000 $1,606,856 302 $467,500 74%
2002-03 $1,750,000 $2,516,428 218 $650,000 59%
2003-04 $2,400,000 $3,374,560 173 $650,000 37%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,724,000 $4,932,407 51
2006-07 $7,500,000 $9,623,245 6 $3,776,000 101%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $7,500,000 $9,356,371 8
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,500,000 $9,010,451 13
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $7,500,000 $9,042,370 13
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $7,500,000 $8,896,405 16
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $8,500,000 $9,774,206 8 $1,000,000 13%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $3,512,195 $3,956,899 54 -$4,987,805 -59%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $6,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $8,000,000 $8,882,555 10 $4,487,805 128%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $7,000,000 $7,648,137 29 -$1,000,000 -13%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $7,000,000 $7,639,102 37
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $5,000,000 $5,388,525 134 -$2,000,000 -29%
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $4,000,000 $4,220,953 234 -$1,000,000 -20%
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $5,000,000 $5,150,333 179 $1,000,000 25%
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $2,000,000 $2,023,469 425 -$3,000,000 -60%
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $795,000 $795,000 750 -$1,205,000 -60%
As a free agent, on December 30, 2020, signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals for $795,000.
Source: NBC Sports
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL plays a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries are not pro-rated but 10% of $795,000 is deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season has been increased to 20% and performance bonuses are pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
Career Earnings: US$99,663,695
(In today's dollars: US$117,535,442)

NHL Rank: 15
(In today's dollars: 13)

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