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NHL Fortune: $52,306,960

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Mario Lemieux’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$52,306,960 (US$86,226,064 in today's dollars), ranking #129 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1984-85 $450,000 $1,107,459
As a rookie with Pittsburgh, signed a 2-year contract for $600,000 plus a one-year option and a $150,000 bonus.
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1985-86 $300,000 $712,918
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1986-87 $550,000 $1,283,166
Source: Sport Magazine
1987-88 $550,000 $1,237,984
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1986-87 and 1989-90.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $550,000 $1,188,800
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1986-87 and 1989-90.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $2,000,000 $4,124,194 1
Does not include unspecified deferred payments.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $2,000,000 $3,912,777 2
One-way contract. (Made $2,177,000 according to the Canadian Press)
Source: The Hockey News
1991-92 $2,338,000 $4,389,329 2 $338,000 17%
1992-93 $3,600,000 $6,561,083 1 $1,262,000 54%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News
1993-94 $3,000,000 $5,308,651 3 -$600,000 -17%
1994-95 $2,326,531 $4,014,129 5 -$673,469 -22%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $4,071,429 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $4,571,429 $7,670,042 4 $2,244,898 96%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $11,321,000 $18,449,839 1 $6,749,571 148%
Scheduled to make $15M, including bonuses.
Source: La Presse / Maclean's
2001-02 $5,250,000 $7,580,040 36
2002-03 $5,250,000 $7,462,062 41
2003-04 $5,250,000 $7,295,788 45
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,000,000 $3,927,803 80
Total:
US$52,306,960

In today's dollars:
US$86,226,064
NHL Rank:
129

In today's dollars:
53