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NHL Fortune: $109,478,561

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Joe Thornton’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$109,478,561 (US$130,638,254 in today's dollars), ranking #6 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1997-98 $925,000 $1,490,534 229
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $925,000 $1,467,766 265
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $925,000 $1,436,310 297
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News
2000-01 $1,550,000 $2,328,240 195 $625,000 68%
2001-02 $1,825,000 $2,665,920 190 $275,000 18%
2002-03 $2,175,000 $3,127,560 179 $350,000 19%
2003-04 $5,500,000 $7,733,366 40 $3,325,000 153%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $6,666,000 $8,829,062 10
2006-07 $6,670,000 $8,558,273 14 $4,000 0%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $6,670,000 $8,320,933 21
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,200,000 $8,650,033 20 $530,000 8%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $7,200,000 $8,680,675 20
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $7,200,000 $8,540,548 21
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $8,000,000 $9,199,253 10 $800,000 11%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $4,097,561 $4,616,382 26 ($3,902,439) -49%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $7,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $6,000,000 $6,661,916 50 $1,902,439 46%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $6,750,000 $7,374,989 42 $750,000 13%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $6,750,000 $7,366,277 52
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $6,750,000 $7,274,509 58
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $8,000,000 $8,441,906 30 $1,250,000 19%
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $5,000,000 $5,150,333 179 ($3,000,000) -38%
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $2,000,000 $2,023,469 419 ($3,000,000) -60%
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $700,000 $700,000 735 ($1,300,000) -65%
As a free agent, on October 16, 2020, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $700,000.
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 $700,000 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).
Source: Pierre LeBrun
Total:
US$109,478,561

In today's dollars:
US$130,638,254
NHL Rank:
6

In today's dollars:
8

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