$316,000 is the major league minimum salary ($300,000 in 2004). The
minimum minor league salary for players who play on teams with 40
person rosters in their second year or who have played a day in the
major league is $52,600 ($50,000 in 2004).
Major league players can negotiate to get salary hikes and can use the
union to negotiate after three years of service. There are
stipulations that allow a second year major league player to do this
(see the contract below)
You can see this information in the collective bargaining agreement
for major league baseball at
The Major League Baseball office handles minor league contracts. It states:
"First contract season: $850/month maximum. After that, open to negotiation
Alien Salary Rates: Different for aliens on visas--mandated by INS (Immigration).
Triple-A--First year: $2,150/month, after first year no less than $2,150/month
Class AA-First year: $1,500/month, after first year no less than $1,500/month
Class A (full season)--First year: $1,050/month, after first year no
less than $1,050/month
Class A (short-season)--First year: $850/month, after first year no
less than $850/month
Dominican & Venezuelan Summer Leagues--no lower than $300/month
Meal Money: $20 per day at all levels, while on the road"
It looks like minor league contracts are open for negotiation as are
major league salaries so its impossible to really say how much more
than the minimum salary caps can be earned. For example, a 4th year
Class A player cannot be paid less than $850 a month but there is no
salary cap to determine what salary a club can pay that player. The
only salary cap is for the first year of minor league service (see
To answer your question, it does not look like there is a specific
formulary based on getting more years of service. The Major League
Union is against salary caps and everything seems to be based on
performance pay, negotiation and arbitartion.