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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-2023 Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.


National estimates for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
Industry profile for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
Geographic profile for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

National estimates for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
16,590 3.7 % (4) $ 40,140 5.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 18,750 $ 22,560 $ 28,940 $ 45,590 $ 63,480
  (4)

Industry profile for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,090 0.13 (4) $ 34,420
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,540 0.25 (4) $ 32,880
Spectator Sports 1,770 1.61 (4) $ 54,000
Civic and Social Organizations 1,100 0.38 (4) $ 32,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 830 0.03 (4) $ 37,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 1,770 1.61 (4) $ 54,000
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 440 0.39 (4) $ 32,970
Civic and Social Organizations 1,100 0.38 (4) $ 32,070
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,540 0.25 (4) $ 32,880
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 720 0.17 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 1,770 1.61 (4) $ 54,000
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 140 0.01 (4) $ 48,960
Junior Colleges 120 0.02 (4) $ 44,370
Employment Services (8) (8) (4) $ 42,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 830 0.03 (4) $ 37,180


Geographic profile for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,440 0.09 0.73 (4) $ 37,030
Colorado 1,350 0.52 4.38 (4) $ 34,230
Utah 1,050 0.71 5.93 (4) $ 23,030
Missouri 960 0.36 2.98 (4) $ 34,000
Kansas 880 0.66 5.54 (4) $ 32,300




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 290 0.72 6.02 (4) $ 35,540
Utah 1,050 0.71 5.93 (4) $ 23,030
Kansas 880 0.66 5.54 (4) $ 32,300
Colorado 1,350 0.52 4.38 (4) $ 34,230
Missouri 960 0.36 2.98 (4) $ 34,000




Top paying states for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.43 (4) $ 65,570
Louisiana 440 0.24 2.05 (4) $ 59,130
Massachusetts 430 0.13 1.07 (4) $ 47,390
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.32 (4) $ 46,740
Maryland 200 0.08 0.67 (4) $ 44,700





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 880 0.61 5.09 (4) $ 34,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 690 0.08 0.66 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 660 0.31 2.64 (4) $ 43,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 660 0.15 1.27 (4) $ 39,730
Provo-Orem, UT 550 2.17 18.19 (4) $ 19,630
St. Louis, MO-IL 500 0.39 3.24 (4) $ 34,830
Kansas City, MO-KS 420 0.41 3.41 (4) $ 35,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 390 0.07 0.56 (4) $ 36,650
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 370 0.38 3.21 (4) $ 33,650
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 320 0.12 1.03 (4) $ 48,950




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Provo-Orem, UT 550 2.17 18.19 (4) $ 19,630
Greeley, CO 130 1.25 10.49 (4) $ 30,110
Bismarck, ND 80 1.22 10.24 (4) $ 45,280
St. George, UT 80 1.16 9.72 (4) $ 27,900
Ann Arbor, MI 180 0.84 7.04 (4) $ 22,670
Appleton, WI 90 0.76 6.33 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 880 0.61 5.09 (4) $ 34,750
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 140 0.54 4.52 (4) $ 22,140
Stockton-Lodi, CA 130 0.51 4.30 (4) $ 33,240
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.49 4.13 (4) $ 50,470




Top paying metropolitan areas for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.28 (4) $ 60,850
Richmond, VA 40 0.06 0.47 (4) $ 51,500
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 50,980
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.49 4.13 (4) $ 50,470
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 320 0.12 1.03 (4) $ 48,950
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 48,250
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 0.55 (4) $ 47,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.15 1.28 (4) $ 46,810
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.09 0.76 (4) $ 46,300
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 30 0.46 3.84 (4) $ 45,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.90 7.58 (4) $ 35,920
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 14.13 (4) $ 37,980
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 7.07 (4) $ 42,300
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 7.20 (4) $ 20,250
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.05 8.84 (4) $ 20,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 14.13 (4) $ 37,980
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.05 8.84 (4) $ 20,280
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.90 7.58 (4) $ 35,920
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 7.20 (4) $ 20,250
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 7.07 (4) $ 42,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 7.07 (4) $ 42,300
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 14.13 (4) $ 37,980
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 2.64 (4) $ 37,010
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 2.89 (4) $ 36,340
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.90 7.58 (4) $ 35,920


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021