Average Baseball Salary

NEW YORK (AP) — The average baseball salary on opening day, based on salary studies by the The Associated Press, and the percentage increase or decrease. Figures were obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values (x-adjusted for 25-man rosters from $1,073,579 figure for 28-man post-strike rosters but does not reflect 11.1% reduction due to 144-game regular season); y-based on March 28 frozen rosters).

Year Average Pct. Inc.
1989 $512,804 NA
1990 578,930 12.9%
1991 891,188 53.9
1992 1,084,408 21.7
1993 1,120,254 3.3
1994 1,188,679 6.1
x-1995 1,071,029 (-9.9)
1996 1,176,967 9.9
1997 1,383,578 17.6
1998 1,441,406 4.2
1999 1,720,050 19.3
2000 1,988,034 15.6
2001 2,264,403 13.9
2002 2,383,235 5.2
2003 2,555,476 7.2
2004 2,486,609 (-2.7)
2005 2,632,655 5.9
2006 2,866,544 8.9
2007 2,944,556 2.7
2008 3,154,845 7.1
2009 3,240,206 2.7
2010 3,297,828 1.8
2011 3,305,393 0.2
2012 3,439,370 4.1
2013 3,650,257 6.1
2014 3,949,068 8.2
2015 4,199,030 6.3
2016 4,381,980 4.4
2017 4,451,508 1.6
2018 4,411,580 (-0.9)
2019 4,375,486 (-0.8)
y-2020 4,432,530 1.3

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