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NHL Fortune: $41,877,500

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Salary history of Wayne Gretzky, who earned US $41,877,500 (US $72,249,565 in today's dollars) in his career, ranking #184 in NHL fortunes accumulated.

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1978-79 $212,986 $818,296
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 $715,615
Has $3,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Maclean's
1980-81 $207,643 $631,244
Has $3,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Maclean's
1981-82 $202,543 $558,162
Has $3,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Maclean's
1982-83 $196,957 $511,272
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1983-84 $196,957 $495,359
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1984-85 $187,486 $452,023
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1989-90 $1,720,000 $3,474,677 2
Has $125,000 endorsement deal with Titan hockey stick company.
Source: Canadian Press / Mclean's
1990-91 $3,000,000 $5,749,809 1 $1,280,000 74%
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
1991-92 $3,000,000 $5,517,621 1
1992-93 $3,000,000 $5,356,379 2
1993-94 $3,000,000 $5,200,692 3
1994-95 $3,737,159 $6,316,858 1 $737,159 25%
Lockout: salary prorated for 48-game season.
His portfolio of endorsements and partnerships add $11.9M to his salary for the year. Includes deals with Domino's Pizza, Sharp Electronics, Coca-Cola and Zurich Insurance.
Source: Maclean's
1995-96 $6,545,400 $10,758,679 1 $2,808,241 75%
1996-97 $3,963,000 $6,327,161 13 ($2,582,400) -39%
1997-98 $6,500,000 $10,144,860 3 $2,537,000 64%
1998-99 $6,000,000 $9,220,859 6 ($500,000) -8%
Total:
$41,877,500

In today's dollars:
$72,249,565
NHL Rank:
184

In today's dollars:
77