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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of umpires, referees, and other sports officials from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$26,800
4.25% 13.10%
2016
$25,660
3.08% -
2015
$24,870
3.14% -
2014
$24,090
0.79% -
2013
$23,900
2.55% -
2012
$23,290
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Table 2. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Salary by Industry Sector

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
$39,020
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,320
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,190
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,530
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,580
Educational Services
$24,900
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,760

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 $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
Arkansas
$54,660
New York
$46,110
Kentucky
$45,100
West Virginia
$41,560
Washington
$40,960
Tennessee
$38,360
Alaska
$36,820
Maryland
$36,530
South Carolina
$36,170
Mississippi
$35,400
Vermont
$35,110
Arizona
$33,830
Kansas
$33,720
Oklahoma
$33,540
Virginia
$32,770
Wisconsin
$32,710
North Carolina
$31,750
Minnesota
$31,090
Nevada
$30,800
Florida
$30,530
Massachusetts
$28,390
Illinois
$28,180
Indiana
$28,060
New Jersey
$27,860
Colorado
$27,200
Maine
$26,960
Louisiana
$26,910
California
$26,400
Texas
$24,480
Oregon
$24,420
North Dakota
$24,230
Wyoming
$24,200
Michigan
$24,130
Rhode Island
$23,490
Iowa
$23,490
Connecticut
$23,210
Delaware
$22,890
New Mexico
$22,810
South Dakota
$22,680
Missouri
$22,100
Pennsylvania
$21,160
Montana
$19,660
Nebraska
$19,510
Ohio
$19,300
Georgia
$19,070
Utah
$18,840
Idaho
$18,310
New Hampshire
$18,240
Alabama
$18,100



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