Sports clubhouses are shelters on the field where the teams play; they spend time there preparing strategies during games when they aren't out on the field. A clubhouse manager is a person who is in charge of the shelter's cleaning and maintenance and also does things like taking equipment and uniform inventories and overseeing the bat boys. Baseball clubhouse managers can work in major and minor league baseball.
AAA Clubhouse Managers
AAA minor league baseball is the highest level of this organization, and a clubhouse manager salary here is usually paid for out of the money that the team members make. There are approximately 30 members in a roster, and each player pays dues ranging from around $5 to $11. Some of these monies are earmarked for team meals and other things. It has been estimated that minor league clubhouse baseball managers get paid by the month, earning around $1,000. This role is a part-time, seasonal position, so many of these individuals likely have other jobs to help boost their income throughout the year.
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Minor league team managers have more responsibilities and job pressures than the clubhouse managers, so their salaries are accordingly higher. These individuals sign contracts and can make about $20,000 to $60,000 a season. This position is also part-time, seasonal work, and their earnings are based on their net worth and value to the major league teams. This motivates these managers to work toward getting their minor league players ready for MLB.
MLB Clubhouse Managers
Major league baseball clubhouse managers can earn higher salaries than those who work in the minor leagues. It has been reported that the yearly earnings range from $45,000 to $100,000, with an average of around $80,000. Those with MLB experience usually make more than those lacking it. Some of these managers work year-round, handling administrative work and other job duties. Major and minor league clubhouse managers can also get tips, adding to their yearly income.
AAA minor league teams are of higher status than Class A and Class AA teams, and each AAA team is associated with an MLB team. The MLB does not release salary information to the public, but it is estimated that some make six-figure incomes in the ballpark of close to a million dollars a year. Their earnings depend on how well their teams do, their experience and the contracts they sign. The top players in the league make much more than that.
Working as a Part-Time Baseball Manager
Managing a minor or major baseball clubhouse or team can be rewarding work, especially for those who have a love of sports in their DNA. It can be challenging for people to earn a living when they are working part time or seasonally, though. People who work part time are often surprised at how much taxes are withheld from their paychecks. The three main ones are federal taxes, and the percentage reflects your income level and filing status. According to TaxFoundation.org, the 2022 tax brackets range from 10 to 37 percent, and the standard deduction for single individuals is $12,950; it is $25,900 for those filing jointly. The IRS provides additional information about what exactly the standard deduction is and how it works.
Starting as a minor league clubhouse manager can be tricky because there likely won't be a lot of money coming in at first, but planning ahead by saving as much as possible might help in the off season. The managers who can network and help players succeed have the best chances of success. The goal is to move from A to AA to AAA and hopefully to MLB.