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MLB Payrolls are available since 1988. They reflect the opening day payroll for a given team/season based on Major League Contracts signed for the season. Players joining later in the season are not included but are also mostly immaterial in salary and cancelled out by similar-type players on other teams.

The Player Count refers to the number of players for who salaries are listed.

For the purpose of this site, Payrolls reference a team's sum of salaries while Salaries refers to a player's individual yearly salary.
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Payrolls by Year

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YearTotal PayrollLeague MinAvg SalaryPlayer CountTeam CountTop SalaryHighest PayrollLowest Payroll
2019$ 4,007,869,480$ 555,000$ 4,509,52484930Max Scherzer ($42,142,857)Boston Red Sox ($222,171,123)Tampa Bay Rays ($60,444,931)
2018$ 4,141,041,635$ 545,000$ 4,095,68692630Mike Trout ($33,250,000)Boston Red Sox ($235,649,368)Oakland Athletics ($68,534,631)
2017$ 3,878,284,045$ 545,000$ 4,097,12287830Clayton Kershaw ($33,000,000)Los Angeles Dodgers ($187,989,811)San Diego Padres ($34,574,400)
2016$ 3,937,842,897$ 535,000$ 3,966,02081630Clayton Kershaw ($32,000,000)Los Angeles Dodgers ($253,639,162)Milwaukee Brewers ($62,964,319)
2015$ 3,658,284,542$ 507,500$ 3,952,252133130Clayton Kershaw ($31,000,000)Los Angeles Dodgers ($230,352,402)Arizona Diamondbacks ($65,770,333)
2014$ 3,453,960,397$ 500,000$ 3,818,92383730Zack Greinke ($28,000,000)Los Angeles Dodgers ($235,295,219)Houston Astros ($44,544,174)
2013$ 3,187,568,088$ 490,000$ 3,386,21281230Alex Rodriguez ($29,000,000)New York Yankees ($228,995,945)Houston Astros ($24,328,538)
2012$ 2,940,657,192$ 480,000$ 3,213,47981130Alex Rodriguez ($30,000,000)New York Yankees ($197,962,289)San Diego Padres ($55,244,700)
2011$ 2,786,161,291$ 414,000$ 3,095,183128130Alex Rodriguez ($32,000,000)New York Yankees ($202,689,028)Kansas City Royals ($36,126,000)
2010$ 2,730,601,685$ 400,000$ 3,014,57279330Alex Rodriguez ($33,000,000)New York Yankees ($206,333,389)Pittsburgh Pirates ($34,943,000)
2009$ 2,655,395,194$ 400,000$ 2,996,10678730Alex Rodriguez ($33,000,000)New York Yankees ($201,449,189)Florida Marlins ($36,834,000)
2008$ 2,686,433,458$ 390,000$ 2,925,67981430Alex Rodriguez ($28,000,000)New York Yankees ($209,081,577)Florida Marlins ($21,811,500)
2007$ 2,476,688,987$ 380,000$ 2,824,75180630Jason Giambi ($23,428,571)New York Yankees ($189,259,045)Tampa Bay Rays ($24,123,500)
2006$ 2,326,706,685$ 327,000$ 2,699,292123930Alex Rodriguez ($21,680,727)New York Yankees ($194,663,079)Florida Marlins ($14,998,500)
2005$ 2,191,886,898$ 316,000$ 2,476,589123530Alex Rodriguez ($26,000,000)New York Yankees ($208,306,817)Tampa Bay Rays ($29,679,067)
2004$ 2,071,265,943$ 300,000$ 2,313,535124330Manny Ramirez ($22,500,000)New York Yankees ($184,193,950)Milwaukee Brewers ($27,528,500)
2003$ 2,127,863,461$ 300,000$ 2,372,189122330Alex Rodriguez ($22,000,000)New York Yankees ($152,749,814)Tampa Bay Rays ($19,630,000)
2002$ 2,024,680,522$ 200,000$ 2,295,649121730Alex Rodriguez ($22,000,000)New York Yankees ($125,928,583)Tampa Bay Rays ($34,380,000)
2001$ 1,962,841,814$ 200,000$ 2,138,896121630Alex Rodriguez ($22,000,000)New York Yankees ($112,287,143)Minnesota Twins ($24,130,000)
2000$ 1,686,271,795$ 200,000$ 1,895,630122630Kevin Brown ($15,714,286)New York Yankees ($92,938,260)Minnesota Twins ($15,654,500)
YearTotal PayrollLeague MinAvg SalaryPlayer CountTeam CountTop SalaryHighest PayrollLowest Payroll
1999$ 1,445,119,433$ 200,000$ 1,611,166120530Albert Belle ($11,949,794)New York Yankees ($88,130,709)Florida Marlins ($15,150,000)
1998$ 1,210,532,333$ 170,000$ 1,398,831118530Gary Sheffield ($14,936,667)Baltimore Orioles ($70,408,134)Montreal Expos ($9,202,000)
1997$ 1,061,631,360$ 150,000$ 1,336,609112028Albert Belle ($10,000,000)New York Yankees ($59,148,877)Pittsburgh Pirates ($9,071,666)
1996$ 895,178,844$ 122,667$ 1,119,981113828Cecil Fielder ($9,237,500)New York Yankees ($52,189,370)Montreal Expos ($15,410,500)
1995$ 882,082,040$ 109,000$ 1,110,766113128Cecil Fielder ($9,237,500)Toronto Blue Jays ($49,791,500)Montreal Expos ($12,031,000)
1994$ 884,936,262$ 109,000$ 1,168,26399028Bobby Bonilla ($6,300,000)New York Yankees ($44,785,334)San Diego Padres ($13,529,333)
1993$ 856,648,188$ 109,000$ 1,076,089110128Bobby Bonilla ($6,200,000)Toronto Blue Jays ($45,747,666)Colorado Rockies ($8,829,000)
1992$ 783,893,948$ 109,000$ 1,028,667100326Bobby Bonilla ($6,100,000)New York Mets ($44,352,002)Cleveland Indians ($8,236,166)
1991$ 630,008,474$ 100,000$ 851,492103126Darryl Strawberry ($3,800,000)Oakland Athletics ($33,632,500)Houston Astros ($11,546,000)
1990$ 454,422,925$ 100,000$ 597,537102826Robin Yount ($3,200,000)Kansas City Royals ($23,873,745)Chicago White Sox ($9,496,238)
1989$ 350,909,782$ 68,000$ 497,25498626Orel Hershiser ($2,766,667)Los Angeles Dodgers ($21,584,161)Chicago White Sox ($7,595,561)
1988$ 294,880,320$ 62,500$ 438,72997126Ozzie Smith ($2,340,000)New York Yankees ($18,909,152)Chicago White Sox ($5,906,952)
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