HR Strange But True!
December 16, 2009

That's not a typo! There is a profession with under 1,000 practitioners where the average salary is close to $3 million per year, according to USAToday .

No, it's not brain surgeons or rocket scientists. It's Major League Baseball players. The 926 members of the MLB Player's Association averaged a whopping $2,996,000, according to their association's annual report.

This is a 2.4 percent increase from last year, says the newspaper report. But it's hard times--this increase was the smallest in 5 years. Still, the percentage increase was better than many other workers did in 2009. BLR's 2010 Pay Budget Survey found that the average actual merit increase for 2009 was 1.47 percent.

The New York Yankees had the highest median salary ($5.2 million), about double that of the team with the next highest median salary The Oakland Athletics had the lowest median salary ($410,000).

USAToday has salary database containing year-by-year listings of salaries for Major League Baseball players on opening day rosters and disabled lists, 1988 through the current season.

Source: USA Today

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