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Lee Smith earned $1,425,000 in 1989
Baseball Payroll and Salary information since the mid to late 1980s. In the case of this site, payroll refers to aggregated salaries for all players for a team, usually normalzied to opening day salaries. This data is available since 1988.
Salaries refer to an individual player's base earnings for a year (excluding signing bonus and incentives). This data is available since 1985.
Years Available1985-2018

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Payrolls by Year

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YearTop SalarySalaryAvg SalaryLeague Min
2018Mike Trout$33,250,000$4,360,045$545,000
2017Clayton Kershaw$33,000,000$3,651,709$535,000
2016Clayton Kershaw$32,000,000$3,498,245$507,500
2015Clayton Kershaw$31,000,000$3,571,283$507,500
2014Zack Greinke$28,000,000$3,256,497$500,000
2013Alex Rodriguez$29,000,000$3,023,990$490,000
2012Alex Rodriguez$30,000,000$2,954,887$480,000
2011Alex Rodriguez$32,000,000$2,722,607$414,000
2010Alex Rodriguez$33,000,000$2,812,412$400,000
2009Alex Rodriguez$33,000,000$2,746,792$400,000
2008Alex Rodriguez$28,000,000$2,696,252$390,000
2007Jason Giambi$23,428,571$2,459,737$380,000
2006Alex Rodriguez$21,680,727$2,365,072$327,000
2005Alex Rodriguez$26,000,000$2,189,055$300,000
2004Manny Ramirez$22,500,000$2,070,100$300,000
2003Alex Rodriguez$22,000,000$2,163,527$300,000
2002Alex Rodriguez$22,000,000$2,011,045$200,000
2001Alex Rodriguez$22,000,000$1,897,758$200,000
2000Kevin Brown$15,714,286$1,394,248$200,000
1999Albert Belle$11,949,794$1,454,491$200,000
1998Gary Sheffield$14,936,667$1,276,192$170,000
1998Gary Sheffield$14,936,667$1,276,192$170,000
1997Albert Belle$10,000,000$1,182,177$150,000
1996Cecil Fielder$9,237,500$957,870$109,000
1996Cecil Fielder$9,237,500$957,870$109,000
1995Cecil Fielder$9,237,500$999,520$109,000
1994Bobby Bonilla$6,300,000$957,101$109,000
1993Bobby Bonilla$6,200,000$968,431$109,000
1992Bobby Bonilla$6,100,000$962,245$109,000
1991Darryl Strawberry$3,800,000$742,231$100,000
1990Robin Yount$3,200,000$515,727$100,000
1989Orel Hershiser$2,766,667$429,802$62,500
1988Ozzie Smith$2,340,000$392,107$62,500
1987Mike Schmidt$2,127,333$344,906$60,000
1986George Foster$2,800,000$386,347$60,000
1986George Foster$2,800,000$386,347$60,000
1985Mike Schmidt$2,130,300$370,780$60,000

Payrolls by Team - Summary Grid

TopData below is in Millions of USD ... Click $ to view team payrollTop 5 Payroll for that season
TeamLink201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001200019993yr Avg5yr Avg10yr Avg20yr Avg
Arizona DiamondbacksTeam$ 132.50$ 90.73$ 98.66$ 65.77$ 112.69$ 90.16$ 74.28$ 53.64$ 60.72$ 73.52$ 66.20$ 52.07$ 59.68$ 62.33$ 69.78$ 80.64$ 102.82$ 85.25$ 77.88$ 70.37$ 107.29$ 100.07$ 85.27$ 78.98
Atlanta BravesTeam$ 120.54$ 137.34$ 84.82$ 89.62$ 110.90$ 89.29$ 83.31$ 87.00$ 84.42$ 96.73$ 102.37$ 87.29$ 90.16$ 86.46$ 90.18$ 106.24$ 93.47$ 91.94$ 82.73$ 75.07$ 114.23$ 108.64$ 98.40$ 94.49
Baltimore OriolesTeam$ 143.60$ 161.68$ 147.94$ 118.86$ 107.41$ 91.79$ 81.43$ 85.30$ 81.61$ 67.10$ 67.20$ 93.17$ 72.59$ 73.91$ 51.62$ 73.88$ 60.49$ 74.28$ 83.14$ 70.82$ 151.08$ 135.90$ 108.67$ 90.39
Boston Red SoxTeam$ 235.65$ 174.29$ 199.86$ 168.69$ 162.82$ 158.97$ 173.19$ 161.76$ 162.75$ 121.75$ 133.39$ 143.03$ 120.10$ 123.51$ 127.30$ 99.95$ 108.37$ 109.68$ 81.21$ 71.72$ 203.27$ 188.26$ 171.97$ 141.90
Chicago CubsTeam$ 183.46$ 170.09$ 167.44$ 117.16$ 89.01$ 104.15$ 88.20$ 125.05$ 146.86$ 134.81$ 118.35$ 99.67$ 94.42$ 87.03$ 90.56$ 79.87$ 75.69$ 64.52$ 62.13$ 55.37$ 173.67$ 145.43$ 132.62$ 107.69
Chicago White SoxTeam$ 72.18$ 109.59$ 116.00$ 110.71$ 91.16$ 124.07$ 96.92$ 127.79$ 108.27$ 96.07$ 121.19$ 108.67$ 102.75$ 75.18$ 65.21$ 51.01$ 57.05$ 65.63$ 31.16$ 24.55$ 99.26$ 99.93$ 105.28$ 87.76
Cincinnati RedsTeam$ 101.19$ 82.38$ 93.17$ 117.73$ 112.39$ 110.57$ 82.20$ 75.95$ 72.39$ 73.56$ 74.12$ 68.52$ 60.91$ 61.89$ 46.62$ 59.36$ 45.05$ 48.78$ 44.22$ 42.14$ 92.24$ 101.37$ 92.15$ 73.66
Cleveland IndiansTeam$ 137.35$ 115.99$ 98.01$ 87.75$ 82.53$ 82.52$ 78.43$ 49.19$ 61.20$ 81.58$ 78.97$ 61.67$ 56.03$ 41.50$ 34.32$ 45.58$ 78.91$ 92.66$ 76.51$ 73.85$ 117.11$ 104.33$ 87.45$ 75.73
Colorado RockiesTeam$ 141.34$ 101.51$ 113.24$ 98.26$ 95.83$ 75.45$ 78.07$ 88.15$ 84.23$ 75.20$ 68.66$ 54.04$ 41.23$ 48.16$ 65.45$ 67.18$ 56.85$ 71.54$ 64.13$ 54.39$ 118.70$ 110.04$ 95.13$ 77.15
Detroit TigersTeam$ 129.92$ 180.25$ 199.53$ 172.79$ 162.23$ 149.05$ 132.30$ 105.70$ 122.86$ 115.09$ 137.69$ 94.80$ 82.61$ 69.09$ 46.83$ 49.17$ 55.05$ 49.36$ 61.74$ 34.96$ 169.90$ 168.94$ 146.97$ 107.55
Houston AstrosTeam$ 159.53$ 127.44$ 96.64$ 69.06$ 44.54$ 24.33$ 60.65$ 70.69$ 92.36$ 103.00$ 88.93$ 87.76$ 92.55$ 76.78$ 75.40$ 71.04$ 63.45$ 60.39$ 52.36$ 55.29$ 127.87$ 99.45$ 84.83$ 78.61
Kansas City RoyalsTeam$ 129.97$ 132.09$ 137.61$ 112.91$ 92.03$ 80.49$ 60.92$ 36.13$ 72.27$ 70.52$ 58.25$ 67.12$ 47.29$ 36.88$ 47.61$ 40.52$ 47.26$ 35.42$ 23.13$ 16.53$ 133.22$ 120.92$ 92.49$ 67.25
Los Angeles AngelsTeam$ 174.59$ 143.97$ 166.83$ 146.45$ 155.69$ 142.17$ 154.49$ 138.54$ 105.01$ 113.71$ 119.22$ 109.25$ 103.47$ 97.73$ 100.53$ 79.03$ 61.72$ 47.74$ 55.77$ 49.89$ 161.80$ 157.51$ 144.14$ 113.29
Los Angeles DodgersTeam$ 186.14$ 187.99$ 253.64$ 230.35$ 235.30$ 216.30$ 95.14$ 104.19$ 94.95$ 100.41$ 118.59$ 108.45$ 98.45$ 83.04$ 92.90$ 105.87$ 94.85$ 109.11$ 90.73$ 71.14$ 209.26$ 218.68$ 170.44$ 133.88
Miami MarlinsTeam$ 98.83$ 115.35$ 70.46$ 84.64$ 47.57$ 39.62$ 118.08$ 56.94$ 55.64$ 36.83$ 21.81$ 30.51$ 15.00$ 60.41$ 42.14$ 49.05$ 41.98$ 35.56$ 19.87$ 15.15$ 94.88$ 83.37$ 72.40$ 52.77
Milwaukee BrewersTeam$ 90.24$ 61.02$ 62.96$ 98.68$ 103.84$ 91.00$ 97.65$ 85.50$ 81.11$ 80.18$ 80.94$ 70.99$ 57.57$ 39.93$ 27.53$ 40.63$ 50.29$ 45.10$ 35.78$ 42.93$ 71.41$ 83.35$ 85.22$ 67.19
Minnesota TwinsTeam$ 131.37$ 100.79$ 104.59$ 108.26$ 85.78$ 75.56$ 94.09$ 112.74$ 97.56$ 65.30$ 56.93$ 71.44$ 63.40$ 56.19$ 53.59$ 55.51$ 40.23$ 24.13$ 15.65$ 16.36$ 112.25$ 106.16$ 97.60$ 71.47
New York MetsTeam$ 155.77$ 176.28$ 130.61$ 100.13$ 89.05$ 88.88$ 93.35$ 118.85$ 132.70$ 149.37$ 137.79$ 115.23$ 101.08$ 101.31$ 96.66$ 117.18$ 94.63$ 93.67$ 79.76$ 71.33$ 154.22$ 130.37$ 123.50$ 112.18
New York YankeesTeam$ 168.54$ 170.39$ 227.85$ 213.47$ 203.81$ 229.00$ 197.96$ 202.69$ 206.33$ 201.45$ 209.08$ 189.26$ 194.66$ 208.31$ 184.19$ 152.75$ 125.93$ 112.29$ 92.94$ 88.13$ 188.93$ 196.81$ 202.15$ 178.95
Oakland AthleticsTeam$ 68.53$ 70.60$ 85.82$ 80.79$ 83.40$ 68.58$ 55.37$ 66.54$ 51.65$ 62.31$ 47.97$ 79.37$ 62.24$ 55.43$ 59.43$ 50.26$ 40.00$ 33.81$ 32.12$ 24.15$ 74.99$ 77.83$ 69.36$ 58.92
Philadelphia PhilliesTeam$ 96.85$ 87.42$ 103.35$ 133.05$ 180.05$ 159.58$ 174.54$ 172.98$ 141.93$ 113.00$ 98.27$ 89.43$ 88.27$ 95.52$ 93.22$ 70.78$ 57.96$ 41.66$ 46.95$ 30.52$ 95.87$ 120.14$ 136.27$ 103.77
Pittsburgh PiratesTeam$ 87.86$ 94.64$ 99.96$ 85.89$ 78.11$ 66.29$ 63.43$ 45.05$ 34.94$ 48.69$ 48.69$ 38.54$ 46.72$ 38.13$ 32.23$ 54.81$ 42.32$ 57.76$ 29.56$ 24.22$ 94.15$ 89.29$ 70.49$ 55.89
San Diego PadresTeam$ 96.13$ 34.57$ 100.55$ 126.62$ 90.09$ 71.69$ 55.24$ 45.87$ 37.80$ 43.73$ 73.68$ 58.11$ 69.90$ 63.29$ 55.38$ 47.93$ 41.43$ 38.88$ 54.97$ 45.93$ 77.08$ 89.59$ 70.23$ 62.59
San Francisco GiantsTeam$ 208.51$ 176.53$ 171.46$ 166.50$ 154.19$ 142.18$ 81.98$ 118.20$ 97.83$ 82.62$ 76.59$ 90.22$ 90.06$ 90.20$ 82.02$ 82.85$ 78.30$ 63.28$ 53.54$ 46.06$ 185.50$ 175.44$ 140.00$ 107.66
Seattle MarinersTeam$ 162.48$ 155.21$ 145.00$ 123.23$ 92.08$ 84.30$ 117.62$ 86.52$ 98.38$ 98.90$ 117.67$ 106.46$ 87.96$ 87.75$ 81.52$ 86.96$ 80.28$ 74.72$ 59.22$ 44.37$ 154.23$ 135.60$ 116.37$ 99.53
St. Louis CardinalsTeam$ 161.01$ 146.63$ 149.19$ 120.30$ 111.02$ 116.70$ 110.30$ 105.43$ 93.54$ 77.61$ 99.62$ 90.29$ 88.89$ 92.11$ 83.23$ 83.49$ 74.66$ 78.33$ 63.99$ 46.25$ 152.27$ 137.63$ 119.17$ 99.63
Tampa Bay RaysTeam$ 78.23$ 69.98$ 64.12$ 74.85$ 77.06$ 57.03$ 64.17$ 41.05$ 71.92$ 63.31$ 43.82$ 24.12$ 35.42$ 29.68$ 29.56$ 19.63$ 34.38$ 56.98$ 64.41$ 37.81$ 70.78$ 72.85$ 66.17$ 51.88
Texas RangersTeam$ 144.50$ 178.43$ 161.25$ 144.82$ 136.04$ 127.20$ 120.51$ 92.30$ 55.25$ 68.18$ 67.71$ 68.32$ 68.23$ 55.85$ 55.05$ 103.49$ 105.73$ 88.63$ 70.79$ 81.30$ 161.39$ 153.01$ 122.85$ 99.68
Toronto Blue JaysTeam$ 162.66$ 162.35$ 140.58$ 116.42$ 132.63$ 118.24$ 75.49$ 62.57$ 62.69$ 80.54$ 97.79$ 81.94$ 71.92$ 45.72$ 50.02$ 51.27$ 76.86$ 76.90$ 46.36$ 48.17$ 155.20$ 142.93$ 111.42$ 88.06
Washington NationalsTeam$ 181.59$ 162.74$ 146.69$ 174.51$ 134.70$ 112.43$ 81.34$ 63.86$ 61.43$ 60.33$ 54.96$ 36.95$ 63.14$ 48.58$ 41.20$ 51.95$ 38.67$ 34.85$ 33.53$ 16.36$ 163.67$ 160.05$ 117.96$ 79.99