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Hockey Fortune: $100,413,695

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Zdeno Chara’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $100,413,695 (US $138,475,937 in today's dollars), ranking #26 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: Slovakia
Position: D
NHL Draft:
Salary History - Zdeno Chara
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Earnings
(US$)
In today's
US$
Rank
1998-99 $875,000 $1,625,897 296
1999-00 $875,000 $1,591,052 319
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source(s): The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $632,500 $1,112,568 498
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source(s): The Hockey News
2001-02 $1,100,000 $1,881,685 305
2002-03 $1,750,000 $2,946,826 222
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source(s): La Presse
2003-04 $2,400,000 $3,951,729 175
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,724,000 $5,776,023 53
Source(s): La Presse
2006-07 $7,500,000 $11,269,160 7
Source(s): NHLPA
2007-08 $7,500,000 $10,956,641 9
Source(s): NHLPA
2008-09 $7,500,000 $10,551,556 14
Source(s): NHLPA
2009-10 $7,500,000 $10,588,934 14
Source(s): NHLPA
2010-11 $7,500,000 $10,418,004 18
Source(s): NHLPA
2011-12 $8,500,000 $11,445,941 8
Source(s): NHLPA
2012-13 $3,512,195 $4,633,668 55
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $6,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source(s): NHLPA
2013-14 $8,000,000 $10,401,786 11
Source(s): NHLPA
2014-15 $7,000,000 $8,956,239 31
Source(s): NHLPA
2015-16 $7,000,000 $8,945,659 38
Source(s): NHLPA
2016-17 $5,000,000 $6,310,154 136
Source(s): NHLPA
2017-18 $4,000,000 $4,942,885 234
Source(s): NHLPA
2018-19 $5,000,000 $6,031,221 178
Source(s): NHLPA
2019-20 $2,000,000 $2,369,553 429
Source(s): NHLPA
2020-21 $795,000 $930,469 793
As a free agent, on December 30, 2020, signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals for $795,000.
Source(s): NBC Sports
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL played a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries were not pro-rated but 10% of $795,000 was deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season was increased to 20% and performance bonuses were pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
2021-22 $750,000 $838,284 879
On September 18, 2021, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders for $750,000. On September 20, 2022, he announced his retirement as a player.
Source(s): NHLPA / Sportsnet
Career Total: US $100,413,695
(In today's dollars: US $138,475,937)

NHL Rank: 26
(In today's dollars: 20)