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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$18,360|
|25th Percentile Wage||$20,440|
|50th Percentile Wage||$26,800|
|75th Percentile Wage||$40,360|
|90th Percentile Wage||$56,100|
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 $56,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,360. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 205% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of umpires, referees, and other sports officials from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of umpires, referees, and other sports officials in 7 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 accommodation and food services sector with an annual salary $39,020. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $23,760).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
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 $18,100 to $54,660. The highest paying state for umpires, referees, and other sports officials is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $54,660. The lowest paying state is Alabama with a median annual salary of $18,100. 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|
|New York|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |