Depending on the player’s age, level of experience, and level of notoriety, the average wage of an American Hockey League, or AHL, hockey player varies significantly. While the greatest celebrities routinely earn over $150,000 and may even surpass $1 million a year, novice players typically earn between $50,000 and $65,000.
Given the significant pay differential between top AHL players and their younger peers, a mathematical average of the entire league yields inaccurate results.
Although Chicago and Rochester both had annual payrolls in excess of $3 million a year during the 2009–2010 season because to the enormous salaries of players like Micheal Nylander and Patrick Rissmiller, the bulk of AHL teams had an annual payroll of approximately $2 million. For instance, Nylander was the highest paid player of the 2009–10 season, earning $3 million annually.
No matter if a player is a goaltender, forward, or defender, salaries are largely determined by renown and reputation.
With the exception of the greatest stars, the average yearly wage for journeymen players is roughly $68,000. Most clubs feature at least one younger player making less than $40,000 per year.