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According an annual report by the MLBPA, the average salary for the 912 players on the 2010 season rosters averaged $3,014,512. It is the first time that the league’s average salary surpassed $3 million, according to the union for the players’ calculations.
While surpassing the $3 million mark is significant, the rise in average salary over 2009’s $2,996,106 for 926 players was just 0.62 percent, the smallest increase since the league saw a 4.92 percent decline in salary in 1995.
Showing that the majority of players in the league actually earn close to the league minimum, the report shows 346 players – 56 percent of the players in the league last year – with 0 to 2 years of service time earning an average salary of $504,877. The minimum salary in MLB will be $414,000 in 2011. By comparison 13 players with at least 15 years of service time saw an average salary of $8,246,873
The New York Yankees led the way with an average salary of $7,604,930 for 31 players, a decrease of just under 1 percent compared to their 2009 average salary of $7,663,351 for 28 players in 2009.
The Philadelphia Phillies leapt from ranking #8 in 2009 with an average of $4,055,455 for 31 players to #2 last season with an average of $5,662,551 for 28 players, an increase of 28 percent. The club has seen average salary increase by 54 percent since 2006.
The other club making a big move upward in average salary was the Chicago White Sox who had an average salary of $4,580,868 for 29 players ranking them #4 after being #12 in 2009 when their average was $3,458,400 for 29 players, an increase of 32 percent.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburg Pirates ranked #30 for the second year in a row, and no higher than 29th in the last 3 years with an average salary of $1,140,598 or 38 percent below the league average and 6.7 times less than the Yankees average salary in 2010. By comparison, the Pirates had an average salary of $1,871,402 in 2007.
In terms of 2010 playoff teams, the average ranking for the 8 teams that made the postseason was 10 by average salary (Yankees highest at #1 and Reds lowest at #19). The following shows average salary (plus ranking) are as follows:
ALDS
 Twins – $3,511,605 for 30 players (#11)
 Rays – $2,621.748 for 29 players (#16)
NLDS
 Reds  $2,445,248 for 32 players (#19)
 Braves  $3,670,835 for 28 players (#10)
ALCS
 Yankees  of $7,604,930 for 31 players (#1)
NLCS
 Phillies  4,055,455 for 31 players (#2)
World Series
 Texas Rangers – $2,402,506 for 33 players (#14)
World Series Champions
 Giants – $2,899,400 for 32 players (#7)
Final total payrolls for the 2010 season as calculated by MLB will be released next week. The league uses a different accounting method so each year the MLBPA's figures and MLB's are slightly off.
SELECT READ MORE TO SEE AVERAGE SALARY FOR MLB FROM 1967 to 2010
The following is provided by the MLB Players Association annual report. See footnotes for details. Historical average salary does not account for inflation. Chart had data tags beginning at 1967 by decade, plus 2010
Click to see MLB average salary from 1967 to 2010 (not adjusted for inflation) 
Year 
Average Salary 
Diff 
% of Increase 
1967

$19,000 


1968 (A)

N/A 


1969 
$24,909 
$5,909 
31.10% 
1970 
$29,303 
$4,394 
17.64% 
1971 
$31,543 
$2,240 
7.64% 
1972 
$34,092 
$2,549 
8.08% 
1973 
$36,566 
$2,474 
7.26% 
1974 
$40,839 
$4,273 
11.69% 
1975 
$44,676 
$3,837 
9.40% 
1976 
$51,501 
$6,825 
15.28% 
1977 
$76,066 
$24,565 
47.70% 
1978 
$99,876 
$23,810 
31.30% 
1979 
$113,558 (B)

$13,682 
13.70% 
1980 
$143,756 (B) 
$30,198 
26.59% 
1981 
$185,651 (B) 
$41,895 
29.14% 
1982 
$241,497 (B) 
$55,846 
30.08% 
1983 
$289,194 (B) 
$47,697 
19.75% 
1984 
$329,408 (B) 
$40,214 
13.91% 
1985 
$371,157 (B) 
$41,749 
12.67% 
1986 (D)

$412,520 (B) 
$41,363 
11.14% 
1987 
$412,454 (C)

$66 
0.02% 
1988 
$438,729 (C) 
$26,275 
6.37% 
1989 
$497,254 (C) 
$58,525 
13.34% 
1990 
$597,537 (C) 
$100,283 
20.17% 
1991 
$851,492 (C) 
$253,955 
42.50% 
1992 
$1,028,667 (C) 
$177,175 
20.81% 
1993 
$1,076,089 (C) 
$47,422 
4.61% 
1994 
$1,168,263 (C) 
$92,174 
8.57% 
1995 
$1,110,766 (C) 
$57,497 
4.92% 
1996 
$1,119,981 (C) 
$9,215 
0.83% 
1997 
$1,336,609 (C) 
$216,628 
19.34% 
1998 
$1,398,831 (C) 
$62,222 
4.66% 
1999 
$1,611,166 (C) 
$212,335 
15.18% 
2000 
$1,895,630 (C) 
$284,464 
17.66% 
2001 
$2,138,896 (E)

$243,266 
12.83% 
2002 
$2,295,649 (E) 
$156,753 
7.33% 
2003 
$2,372,189 (E) 
$76,540 
3.33% 
2004 
$2,313,535 (E) 
$58,654 
2.47% 
2005 
$2,476,589 (E) 
$163,054 
7.05% 
2006 
$2,699,292 (E) 
$222,703 
8.99% 
2007 
$2,820,000 (E) 
$120,708 
4.47% 
2008 
$2,925,679 (E) 
$105,679 
3.75% 
2009 
$2,996,106 (E) 
$70,427 
2.41% 
2010 
$3,014,572 (E) 
$18,466 
0.62% 
(A) First Basic Agreement between Clubs and Players Asssociation
(B) Salary figures have been discounted for deferrals without interest at a rate of 9% per year for the period of delayed payments
(C) Salary figures discounted for deferrals without interest and buyouts, and signing bonuses increased at 9% for the period of delayed or advanced payments
(D) $150,000 for the last 1/3 of 1996 season
(E) The interest rate for deferrals with or without interest, buyouts and signing bonuses set at the rate described in Article XV (J) of the Basic Agreement for the period of delayed or advanced payments.
Source: MLBPA
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According an annual report by the MLBPA, the average salary for the 912 players on the 2010 season rosters averaged $3,014,512. It is the first time that the league’s average salary surpassed $3 million, according to the union for the players’ calculations.
While surpassing the $3 million mark is significant, the rise in average salary over 2009’s $2,996,106 for 926 players was just 0.62 percent, the smallest increase since the league saw a 4.92 percent decline in salary in 1995.
Showing that the majority of players in the league actually earn close to the league minimum, the report shows 346 players – 56 percent of the players in the league last year – with 0 to 2 years of service time earning an average salary of $504,877. The minimum salary in MLB will be $414,000 in 2011. By comparison 13 players with at least 15 years of service time saw an average salary of $8,246,873
The New York Yankees led the way with an average salary of $7,604,930 for 31 players, a decrease of just under 1 percent compared to their 2009 average salary of $7,663,351 for 28 players in 2009.
The Philadelphia Phillies leapt from ranking #8 in 2009 with an average of $4,055,455 for 31 players to #2 last season with an average of $5,662,551 for 28 players, an increase of 28 percent. The club has seen average salary increase by 54 percent since 2006.
The other club making a big move upward in average salary was the Chicago White Sox who had an average salary of $4,580,868 for 29 players ranking them #4 after being #12 in 2009 when their average was $3,458,400 for 29 players, an increase of 32 percent.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburg Pirates ranked #30 for the second year in a row, and no higher than 29th in the last 3 years with an average salary of $1,140,598 or 38 percent below the league average and 6.7 times less than the Yankees average salary in 2010. By comparison, the Pirates had an average salary of $1,871,402 in 2007.
In terms of 2010 playoff teams, the average ranking for the 8 teams that made the postseason was 10 by average salary (Yankees highest at #1 and Reds lowest at #19). The following shows average salary (plus ranking) are as follows:
ALDS
· Twins – $3,511,605 for 30 players (#11)
· Rays – $2,621.748 for 29 players (#16)
NLDS
· Reds  $2,445,248 for 32 players (#19)
· Braves  $3,670,835 for 28 players (#10)
ALCS
· Yankees  of $7,604,930 for 31 players (#1)
NLCS
· Phillies  4,055,455 for 31 players (#2)
World Series
· Texas Rangers – $2,402,506 for 33 players (#14)
World Series Champions
· Giants – $2,899,400 for 32 players (#7)
SELECT READ MORE TO SEE AVERAGE SALARY FOR MLB FROM 1967 to 2010
The following is provided by the MLB Players Association annual report. See footnotes for details. Historical average salary does not account for inflation.
Select Read More to see average annual salary for MLB from 1967 to 2010

According an annual report by the MLBPA, the average salary for the 912 players on the 2010 season rosters averaged $3,014,512. It is the first time that the league’s average salary surpassed $3 million, according to the union for the players’ calculations.
While surpassing the $3 million mark is significant, the rise in average salary over 2009’s $2,996,106 for 926 players was just 0.62 percent, the smallest increase since the league saw a 4.92 percent decline in salary in 1995.
Showing that the majority of players in the league actually earn close to the league minimum, the report shows 346 players – 56 percent of the players in the league last year – with 0 to 2 years of service time earning an average salary of $504,877. The minimum salary in MLB will be $414,000 in 2011. By comparison 13 players with at least 15 years of service time saw an average salary of $8,246,873
The New York Yankees led the way with an average salary of $7,604,930 for 31 players, a decrease of just under 1 percent compared to their 2009 average salary of $7,663,351 for 28 players in 2009.
The Philadelphia Phillies leapt from ranking #8 in 2009 with an average of $4,055,455 for 31 players to #2 last season with an average of $5,662,551 for 28 players, an increase of 28 percent. The club has seen average salary increase by 54 percent since 2006.
The other club making a big move upward in average salary was the Chicago White Sox who had an average salary of $4,580,868 for 29 players ranking them #4 after being #12 in 2009 when their average was $3,458,400 for 29 players, an increase of 32 percent.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburg Pirates ranked #30 for the second year in a row, and no higher than 29th in the last 3 years with an average salary of $1,140,598 or 38 percent below the league average and 6.7 times less than the Yankees average salary in 2010. By comparison, the Pirates had an average salary of $1,871,402 in 2007.
In terms of 2010 playoff teams, the average ranking for the 8 teams that made the postseason was 10 by average salary (Yankees highest at #1 and Reds lowest at #19). The following shows average salary (plus ranking) are as follows:
ALDS
 Twins – $3,511,605 for 30 players (#11)
 Rays – $2,621.748 for 29 players (#16)
NLDS
 Reds  $2,445,248 for 32 players (#19)
 Braves  $3,670,835 for 28 players (#10)
ALCS
 Yankees  of $7,604,930 for 31 players (#1)
NLCS
 Phillies  4,055,455 for 31 players (#2)
World Series
 Texas Rangers – $2,402,506 for 33 players (#14)
World Series Champions
 Giants – $2,899,400 for 32 players (#7)
SELECT READ MORE TO SEE AVERAGE SALARY FOR MLB FROM 1967 to 2010
The following is provided by the MLB Players Association annual report. See footnotes for details. Historical average salary does not account for inflation. Chart had data tags beginning at 1967 by decade, plus 2010
Click to see MLB average salary from 1967 to 2010 (not adjusted for inflation) 
Year 
Average Salary 
Diff 
% of Increase 
1967

$19,000 


1968 (A)

N/A 


1969 
$24,909 
$5,909 
31.10% 
1970 
$29,303 
$4,394 
17.64% 
1971 
$31,543 
$2,240 
7.64% 
1972 
$34,092 
$2,549 
8.08% 
1973 
$36,566 
$2,474 
7.26% 
1974 
$40,839 
$4,273 
11.69% 
1975 
$44,676 
$3,837 
9.40% 
1976 
$51,501 
$6,825 
15.28% 
1977 
$76,066 
$24,565 
47.70% 
1978 
$99,876 
$23,810 
31.30% 
1979 
$113,558 (B)

$13,682 
13.70% 
1980 
$143,756 (B) 
$30,198 
26.59% 
1981 
$185,651 (B) 
$41,895 
29.14% 
1982 
$241,497 (B) 
$55,846 
30.08% 
1983 
$289,194 (B) 
$47,697 
19.75% 
1984 
$329,408 (B) 
$40,214 
13.91% 
1985 
$371,157 (B) 
$41,749 
12.67% 
1986 (D)

$412,520 (B) 
$41,363 
11.14% 
1987 
$412,454 (C)

$66 
0.02% 
1988 
$438,729 (C) 
$26,275 
6.37% 
1989 
$497,254 (C) 
$58,525 
13.34% 
1990 
$597,537 (C) 
$100,283 
20.17% 
1991 
$851,492 (C) 
$253,955 
42.50% 
1992 
$1,028,667 (C) 
$177,175 
20.81% 
1993 
$1,076,089 (C) 
$47,422 
4.61% 
1994 
$1,168,263 (C) 
$92,174 
8.57% 
1995 
$1,110,766 (C) 
$57,497 
4.92% 
1996 
$1,119,981 (C) 
$9,215 
0.83% 
1997 
$1,336,609 (C) 
$216,628 
19.34% 
1998 
$1,398,831 (C) 
$62,222 
4.66% 
1999 
$1,611,166 (C) 
$212,335 
15.18% 
2000 
$1,895,630 (C) 
$284,464 
17.66% 
2001 
$2,138,896 (E)

$243,266 
12.83% 
2002 
$2,295,649 (E) 
$156,753 
7.33% 
2003 
$2,372,189 (E) 
$76,540 
3.33% 
2004 
$2,313,535 (E) 
$58,654 
2.47% 
2005 
$2,476,589 (E) 
$163,054 
7.05% 
2006 
$2,699,292 (E) 
$222,703 
8.99% 
2007 
$2,820,000 (E) 
$120,708 
4.47% 
2008 
$2,925,679 (E) 
$105,679 
3.75% 
2009 
$2,996,106 (E) 
$70,427 
2.41% 
2010 
$3,014,572 (E) 
$18,466 
0.62% 
(A) First Basic Agreement between Clubs and Players Asssociation
(B) Salary figures have been discounted for deferrals without interest at a rate of 9% per year for the period of delayed payments
(C) Salary figures discounted for deferrals without interest and buyouts, and signing bonuses increased at 9% for the period of delayed or advanced payments
(D) $150,000 for the last 1/3 of 1996 season
(E) The interest rate for deferrals with or without interest, buyouts and signing bonuses set at the rate described in Article XV (J) of the Basic Agreement for the period of delayed or advanced payments.
Source: MLBPA
Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.
Follow Maury Brown on Twitter
Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter
According an annual report by the MLBPA, the average salary for the 912 players on the 2010 season rosters averaged $3,014,512. It is the first time that the league’s average salary surpassed $3 million, according to the union for the players’ calculations.
While surpassing the $3 million mark is significant, the rise in average salary over 2009’s $2,996,106 for 926 players was just 0.62 percent, the smallest increase since the league saw a 4.92 percent decline in salary in 1995.
Showing that the majority of players in the league actually earn close to the league minimum, the report shows 346 players – 56 percent of the players in the league last year – with 0 to 2 years of service time earning an average salary of $504,877. The minimum salary in MLB will be $414,000 in 2011. By comparison 13 players with at least 15 years of service time saw an average salary of $8,246,873
The New York Yankees led the way with an average salary of $7,604,930 for 31 players, a decrease of just under 1 percent compared to their 2009 average salary of $7,663,351 for 28 players in 2009.
The Philadelphia Phillies leapt from ranking #8 in 2009 with an average of $4,055,455 for 31 players to #2 last season with an average of $5,662,551 for 28 players, an increase of 28 percent. The club has seen average salary increase by 54 percent since 2006.
The other club making a big move upward in average salary was the Chicago White Sox who had an average salary of $4,580,868 for 29 players ranking them #4 after being #12 in 2009 when their average was $3,458,400 for 29 players, an increase of 32 percent.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburg Pirates ranked #30 for the second year in a row, and no higher than 29th in the last 3 years with an average salary of $1,140,598 or 38 percent below the league average and 6.7 times less than the Yankees average salary in 2010. By comparison, the Pirates had an average salary of $1,871,402 in 2007.
In terms of 2010 playoff teams, the average ranking for the 8 teams that made the postseason was 10 by average salary (Yankees highest at #1 and Reds lowest at #19). The following shows average salary (plus ranking) are as follows:
ALDS
· Twins – $3,511,605 for 30 players (#11)
· Rays – $2,621.748 for 29 players (#16)
NLDS
· Reds  $2,445,248 for 32 players (#19)
· Braves  $3,670,835 for 28 players (#10)
ALCS
· Yankees  of $7,604,930 for 31 players (#1)
NLCS
· Phillies  4,055,455 for 31 players (#2)
World Series
· Texas Rangers – $2,402,506 for 33 players (#14)
World Series Champions
· Giants – $2,899,400 for 32 players (#7)
SELECT READ MORE TO SEE AVERAGE SALARY FOR MLB FROM 1967 to 2010
The following is provided by the MLB Players Association annual report. See footnotes for details. Historical average salary does not account for inflation.
