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Year Total Payroll League Min Avg Salary Player Count Team Count top salary Highest Payroll Lowest Payroll
2023 4,451,414,228 720,000 4,644,046 1210 31 Max Scherzer New York Mets ($334,233,332) Oakland Athletics ($43,145,000)
2022 4,200,988,230 700,000 4,317,736 1261 31 Max Scherzer Los Angeles Dodgers ($285,508,333) Oakland Athletics ($32,548,334)
2021 3,825,147,026 570,500 4,170,000 1540 30 Mike Trout Los Angeles Dodgers ($241,372,403) Pittsburgh Pirates ($45,599,000)
2020 3,735,758,835 563,500 4,724,815 1355 30 Mike Trout New York Yankees ($214,291,339) Pittsburgh Pirates ($42,119,000)
2019 4,007,869,480 555,000 4,509,524 1447 30 Max Scherzer Boston Red Sox ($222,171,123) Tampa Bay Rays ($60,444,931)
2018 4,141,041,635 545,000 4,095,686 1384 30 Mike Trout Boston Red Sox ($235,649,368) Oakland Athletics ($68,534,631)
2017 3,878,284,045 535,000 4,097,122 1363 30 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers ($187,989,811) San Diego Padres ($34,574,400)
2016 3,937,842,897 507,500 3,966,020 1358 30 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers ($253,639,162) Milwaukee Brewers ($62,964,319)
2015 3,658,284,542 507,500 3,952,252 1358 30 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers ($230,352,402) Arizona Diamondbacks ($65,770,333)
2014 3,453,960,397 500,000 3,818,923 1324 30 Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers ($235,295,219) Houston Astros ($44,544,174)
2013 3,187,568,088 490,000 3,386,212 1313 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($228,995,945) Houston Astros ($24,328,538)
2012 2,940,657,192 480,000 3,213,479 1291 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($197,962,289) San Diego Padres ($55,244,700)
2011 2,786,161,291 414,000 3,095,183 1306 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($202,689,028) Kansas City Royals ($36,126,000)
2010 2,730,601,685 400,000 3,014,572 1256 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($206,333,389) Pittsburgh Pirates ($34,943,000)
2009 2,655,395,194 400,000 2,996,106 1271 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($201,449,189) Florida Marlins ($36,834,000)
2008 2,686,433,458 390,000 2,925,679 1298 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($209,081,577) Florida Marlins ($21,811,500)
2007 2,476,688,987 380,000 2,824,751 1279 30 Jason Giambi New York Yankees ($189,259,045) Tampa Bay Rays ($24,123,500)
2006 2,326,706,685 327,000 2,699,292 1243 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($194,663,079) Florida Marlins ($14,998,500)
2005 2,191,886,898 316,000 2,476,589 1236 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($208,306,817) Tampa Bay Rays ($29,679,067)
2004 2,071,265,943 300,000 2,313,535 1245 30 Manny Ramirez New York Yankees ($184,193,950) Milwaukee Brewers ($27,528,500)
2003 2,127,863,461 300,000 2,372,189 1229 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($152,749,814) Tampa Bay Rays ($19,630,000)
2002 2,024,680,522 200,000 2,295,649 1219 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($125,928,583) Tampa Bay Rays ($34,380,000)
2001 1,962,841,814 200,000 2,138,896 1218 30 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees ($112,287,143) Minnesota Twins ($24,130,000)
2000 1,686,271,795 200,000 1,895,630 1230 30 Kevin Brown New York Yankees ($92,938,260) Minnesota Twins ($15,654,500)
1999 1,445,119,433 200,000 1,611,166 1207 30 Albert Belle New York Yankees ($88,130,709) Florida Marlins ($15,150,000)
1998 1,210,532,333 170,000 1,398,831 1187 30 Gary Sheffield Baltimore Orioles ($70,408,134) Montreal Expos ($9,202,000)
1997 1,061,631,360 150,000 1,336,609 1121 28 Albert Belle New York Yankees ($59,148,877) Pittsburgh Pirates ($9,071,666)
1996 895,178,844 122,667 1,119,981 1139 28 Cecil Fielder New York Yankees ($52,189,370) Montreal Expos ($15,410,500)
1995 882,082,040 109,000 1,110,766 1132 28 Cecil Fielder Toronto Blue Jays ($49,791,500) Montreal Expos ($12,031,000)
1994 884,936,262 109,000 1,168,263 990 28 Bobby Bonilla New York Yankees ($44,785,334) San Diego Padres ($13,529,333)
1993 856,648,188 109,000 1,076,089 1103 28 Bobby Bonilla Toronto Blue Jays ($45,747,666) Colorado Rockies ($8,829,000)
1992 783,893,948 109,000 1,028,667 1005 26 Bobby Bonilla New York Mets ($44,352,002) Cleveland Indians ($8,236,166)
1991 630,008,474 100,000 851,492 1033 26 Darryl Strawberry Oakland Athletics ($33,632,500) Houston Astros ($11,546,000)
1990 454,422,925 100,000 597,537 1028 26 Robin Yount Kansas City Royals ($23,873,745) Chicago White Sox ($9,496,238)
1989 350,909,782 68,000 497,254 987 26 Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers ($21,584,161) Chicago White Sox ($7,595,561)
1988 294,880,320 62,500 438,729 972 26 Ozzie Smith New York Yankees ($18,909,152) Chicago White Sox ($5,906,952)
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