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The average baseball salary on opening day, based on salary studies by the the Associated Press, and the percentage increase or decrease. Figures were obtained by the AP from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values (x-adjusted for 25-man rosters from $1,073,579 figure for 28-man post-strike rosters).

 
Average Player Salary
YearAveragePct. change
2012$3,440,0004.1
2011$3,305,3930.2
2010$3,297,8281.8
2009$3,240,2062.7
2008$3,154,8457.1
2007$2,944,5562.7
2006$2,866,5448.9
2005$2,632,6555.9
2004$2,486,609(-2.7)
2003$2,555,4767.2
2002$2,383,2355.2
2001$2,264,40313.9
2000$1,998,03415.6
1999$1,720,05019.3
1998$1,441,4064.2
1997$1,383,57817.6
1996$1,176,9679.9
1995-x$1,071,029(-9.9)
1994$1,188,6796.1
1993$1,120,2543.3
1992$1,084,40821.7
1991$891,18853.9
1990$578,93012.9
1989$512,804N/A