Sports referee earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Sports referee salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $32,410
Alabama $17,960
Arizona $35,472
California $26,530
Colorado $26,790
Connecticut $21,960
Delaware $23,710
Florida $32,630
Georgia $18,780
Iowa $29,263
Idaho $26,163
Illinois $34,817
Indiana $22,930
Kansas $34,170
Kentucky $46,930
Louisiana $29,150
Massachusetts $37,020
Maryland $32,160
Maine $26,370
Michigan $22,930
Minnesota $28,170
Missouri $27,880
Mississippi $21,990
Montana $19,950
North Carolina $31,220
North Dakota $25,350
Nebraska $22,120
New Hampshire $34,300
New Jersey $29,970
New Mexico $23,470
Ohio $21,780
Oklahoma $18,840
Oregon $23,950
Pennsylvania $29,210
Rhode Island $24,580
South Carolina $25,630
South Dakota $23,820
Tennessee $30,770
Texas $30,470
Utah $18,570
Virginia $30,810
Vermont $34,440
Washington $37,460
Wisconsin $29,450
West Virginia $37,270

How do sports referee salaries compare to similar careers?

Sports referees earn 24% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than athletes but more than sports writers.

Career Median Salary
Athlete salary $49K
Athletic trainer salary $49K
Exercise physiologist salary $49K
Fitness trainer salary $40K
Sports scout salary $35K
Sports referee salary $33K
Sports writer salary $25K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)