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Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Pay Salary

The median annual wage of umpires, referees, and other sports officials was $22,840 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,310, and the top 10 percent earned more than $50,350.

In May 2010, median annual wages in industries employing the largest numbers of umpires, referees, and other sports officials were as follows:

Elementary and secondary schools$29,170
Local government   23,770
Spectator sports  21,550
Civic and social organizations  19,590
Other amusement and recreation industries  19,500

Umpires, referees, and sports officials often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Those who officiate sports in schools typically work part time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition