Shohei Ohtani’s Transfer Fee of 101.5 Billion Yen! How Much Tax Will He Pay? His Salary Progression is Incredible!

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The topic of Shohei Ohtani’s massive contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers is a highly discussed topic in the sports world. Especially notable is the contract amount, which brings interesting discussions about taxes. Let’s take a detailed look at the U.S. tax system in relation to Ohtani’s contract.

U.S. Tax System and Ohtani’s Contract

  • Federal Tax (37%): The U.S. federal tax operates on a progressive scale. The higher the income, the higher the tax rate. High earners like Ohtani fall into the highest tax bracket, which is 37%.
  • State Tax in California (13.3%): California has the highest state tax rate in the U.S. This is among the highest in the country.
  • Medicare Tax (2.35%): This is a contribution to the U.S. public health insurance system, paid by all wage earners. Typically, a certain percentage of income is collected.
  • State Disability Insurance (1.1%): In California, this tax is collected for insurance in case workers are injured on the job.
  • Tax Impact: Adding these up, Ohtani’s tax rate amounts to approximately 53.75%.
  • Taxes on Salary: Calculating with an annual salary of $70 million, about $37.63 million would be paid in taxes, which is about 5.5 billion yen when converted to Japanese yen.

Shohei Ohtani’s Salary Progression

Let’s look in detail at Shohei Ohtani’s salary progression. He moved from Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan to the Los Angeles Angels in Major League Baseball (MLB), showcasing his exceptional performance and value in baseball.



  • With Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters:
    • 2013 (Age 19): 15 million yen
    • 2014 (Age 20): 30 million yen
    • 2015 (Age 21): 100 million yen
    • 2016 (Age 22): 200 million yen
    • 2017 (Age 23): 270 million yen
  • With Los Angeles Angels:
    • 2018 (Age 24): About 60 million yen
    • 2019 (Age 25): About 72 million yen
    • 2020 (Age 26): About 77 million yen
    • 2021 (Age 27): About 330 million yen
    • 2022 (Age 28): About 610 million yen

Ohtani’s salary progression is a good indicator of how much attention and valuation he has received both in Japan and abroad. Especially after moving to MLB, his performance and influence are significantly reflected in his salary. His career symbolizes success and value in the world of baseball.

Conditions and Impact of the Major League Transfer

  • Age and Professional Experience Conditions: When Ohtani decided to play in the Major Leagues, he was only 23 years old with 5 years of professional experience, not meeting the conditions for a Major League contract (over 25 years old with more than 6 years of professional experience).
  • Result of Minor League Contract: As a result, he could only sign a minor league contract, starting with the minimum salary. This is a common situation for young foreign players in the Major Leagues.
  • Ohtani’s Decision and its Outcome
    • Early Challenge: Despite the low salary, Ohtani decided that a challenge in the Major Leagues was essential for his career and skill development. This was a strategic decision for achieving his future goals.
    • Major League Achievements: After moving to the U.S., he received awards like Rookie of the Year, salary arbitration rights, and League MVP, steadily gaining recognition for his talent and influence in the Major Leagues.
    • Salary Increase: These achievements led to a significant increase in his salary, far exceeding his earnings in Japan.”

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