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Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Salary Information

The salary statistics of umpires, referees, and other sports officials are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of umpires, referees, and other sports officials within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The umpires, referees, and other sports officials annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,150
25th Percentile Wage
$20,040
50th Percentile Wage
$25,660
75th Percentile Wage
$39,820
90th Percentile Wage
$58,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for umpires, referees, and other sports officials. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) umpires, referees, and other sports officials is $58,160. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,150. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 220% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of umpires, referees, and other sports officials from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201625,6603.08%9.24%
201524,8703.14%-
201424,0900.79%-
201323,9002.55%-
201223,290--

Table 2. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of umpires, referees, and other sports officials in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for umpires, referees, and other sports officials occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $28,060. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $23,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,060
Educational Services
$26,920
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$26,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$24,630
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,510

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials by States

From the above tables we note that not only umpires, referees, and other sports officials salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of umpires, referees, and other sports officials in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,990 to $48,030. The highest paying state for umpires, referees, and other sports officials is Alaska with a median annual salary of $48,030. The lowest paying state is Alabama with a median annual salary of $17,990. For more salary information of umpires, referees, and other sports officials profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$48,030
New York
$46,110
West Virginia
$41,560
Tennessee
$36,740
Florida
$36,070
Kentucky
$35,720
Mississippi
$35,400
Virginia
$35,380
Oklahoma
$33,540
New Mexico
$32,790
Wisconsin
$32,130
North Carolina
$32,090
Arizona
$32,000
Kansas
$31,080
Nevada
$30,800
Washington
$30,770
New Jersey
$25,810
California
$25,090
Colorado
$24,900
Rhode Island
$24,880
Minnesota
$24,680
Texas
$24,040
Illinois
$24,000
Indiana
$22,930
Louisiana
$22,850
Delaware
$22,490
Oregon
$22,080
Ohio
$21,870
Missouri
$21,800
Michigan
$21,640
Georgia
$21,360
Massachusetts
$21,330
Pennsylvania
$21,040
Iowa
$20,100
Nebraska
$20,060
Idaho
$19,220
Utah
$18,460
New Hampshire
$18,240
Alabama
$17,990



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