On an average an AHL player makes around $40,000 per year. AHL stands for American Hockey League. The maximum earning of the player depends on the team, how good the player plays, the leagues the player plays etc. There are players who earn $200,000+ annually. Dedication and hard work can earn the player more. Players are hired on contract basis and their contracts get revised every year. Based on their performance they will get paid. Being the player of the match, player of the series and bonuses like that can really boost the annual earning.