How Much Money Do Minor League Baseball Players Make?

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Lakeland Flying Tigers shortstop Manuel Sequera (15) gets the out at first base after fielding a ground ball during a minor league baseball game against the Tampa Tarpons, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Lakeland, Fla.
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Minor league baseball salaries are often the subject of contention, especially since many are reportedly paid less than the U.S. federal minimum wage.

In 2022, Major League Baseball paid $185 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by minor league players who sought for minimum-wage and overtime violations by teams. This came after many minor leaguers reported making less than $10,000 in 2021, with teams not required to pay players during the offseason or spring training.

While the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) mandates much higher minimum salaries, players who are not on 40-man rosters and have no major league service time are not covered by the CBA. According to Major League Baseball, minor league players receive health care, tuition assistance, housing, meals, and per diem during the season.

Still, minor league salaries are a long way from the mega-deals MLB players are signing.

How Much Money Do Minor League Baseball Players Make?

Minor League Salaries (CBA)

YEAR1ST YEAR PLAYERS2ND YEAR +
2022$57,200 $114,100
2023$58,800$117,400
2024$60,300$120,600
2025$62,000$123,900
2026$63,600$127,100

The above minimum salaries are dictated by the CBA, which excludes players who are not on 40-man rosters and have no major league service time.

Minor League Salaries (non-CBA)

LEVELMINIMUM PAY23 WEEKS
Rookie$400/week$9,200
High A, Low A$500/week$11,500
AA$600/week$13,800
AAA $700/week$16,100

Are Minor League Baseball Players Paid in the Offseason?

Minor league baseball players are not paid during the offseason. They are only paid during the months that they play (April to September) and are not paid for spring training.

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