Major League Baseball (MLB) minimum player salary 2003-2019

Minimum player salary in Major League Baseball from 2003 to 2019 (in 1,000 U.S. dollars)

by Christina Gough, last edited May 22, 2019
Major League Baseball (MLB) minimum player salary 2003-2019 This statistic depicts the minimum player salary in Major League Baseball from 2003 to 2019. The 2019 MLB minimum player salary was set at 555 thousand U.S. dollars.
MLB minimum player salary - additional information

Major League Baseball is a sport governing body in North America consisting of 30 teams that play in the American League and the National League. MLB not only determines rules and schedules of play, but also how its players, coaches and other staff are paid or taxed each season.

MLB players are known to receive generous yearly salaries, in addition to performance incentives, such as prizes for games won. In 2019, the minimum salary for a MLB player was 555 thousand U.S. dollars per year. The average player salary in 2019 was however more than seven times higher than the minimum salary, at around 4.36 million U.S. dollars.

Certain positions in the MLB, such as first base or starting pitcher, are usually better paid, due to the important roles they are considered to have in the game. The highest paid players in the MLB in the 2019 season include Washington Nationals’ pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, and Arizona Diamondbacks’s pitcher, Zack Greinke, with an annual salary of over 34 million U.S. dollars each. In 2019, the Boston Red Sox were the best-paid baseball team in the MLB.

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Minimum player salary in Major League Baseball from 2003 to 2019 (in 1,000 U.S. dollars)

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Salary in thousand U.S. dollars
2019555
2018545
2017535
2016507.5
2015507.5
2014500
2013490
2012480
2011414
2010400
2009400
2008390
2007380
2006327
2005316
2004300
2003300
Salary in thousand U.S. dollars
2019555
2018545
2017535
2016507.5
2015507.5
2014500
2013490
2012480
2011414
2010400
2009400
2008390
2007380
2006327
2005316
2004300
2003300
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by Christina Gough, last edited May 22, 2019
This statistic depicts the minimum player salary in Major League Baseball from 2003 to 2019. The 2019 MLB minimum player salary was set at 555 thousand U.S. dollars.
MLB minimum player salary - additional information

Major League Baseball is a sport governing body in North America consisting of 30 teams that play in the American League and the National League. MLB not only determines rules and schedules of play, but also how its players, coaches and other staff are paid or taxed each season.

MLB players are known to receive generous yearly salaries, in addition to performance incentives, such as prizes for games won. In 2019, the minimum salary for a MLB player was 555 thousand U.S. dollars per year. The average player salary in 2019 was however more than seven times higher than the minimum salary, at around 4.36 million U.S. dollars.

Certain positions in the MLB, such as first base or starting pitcher, are usually better paid, due to the important roles they are considered to have in the game. The highest paid players in the MLB in the 2019 season include Washington Nationals’ pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, and Arizona Diamondbacks’s pitcher, Zack Greinke, with an annual salary of over 34 million U.S. dollars each. In 2019, the Boston Red Sox were the best-paid baseball team in the MLB.

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