There are currently an estimated 21,100 sports referees in the United States. The sports referee job market is expected to grow by 7.6% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are sports referees?

CareerExplorer rates sports referees with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 9,100 sports referees. That number is based on 1,600 additional sports referees, and the retirement of 7,500 existing sports referees.

What’s the supply of sports referees?

The sports referee industry is concentrated in California, Colorado, New York

Sports Referee job market by state

State Name Employed Sports Referees
California 2,200
Colorado 1,270
New York 1,220
Texas 1,030
Illinois 980
Kansas 810
Missouri 810
Utah 780
Florida 680
Michigan 650
Virginia 570
Wisconsin 540
Tennessee 500
Ohio 460
Washington 460
Massachusetts 410
Arizona 380
Louisiana 370
North Carolina 320
New Jersey 290
Pennsylvania 270
Connecticut 250
Minnesota 250
Alaska 220
Indiana 220
Iowa 220
Oregon 210
Georgia 200
Idaho 170
North Dakota 130
Kentucky 130
Nebraska 120
West Virginia 100
Delaware 100
Montana 90
Alabama 80
Vermont 60
Oklahoma 60
New Mexico 50
South Dakota 50
Maine 40
Wyoming 30