Sports referees are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, sports referees rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 49% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy sports referees are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Physical education teacher
3.5
$63k
Fitness and wellness coordinator
3.5
$74k
Athletic trainer
3.3
$49k
Exercise physiologist
3.3
$49k
Sports referee
3.2
$33k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are sports referees happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do sports referees find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as sports referees?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are sports referee’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are sports referees making the best use of their abilities?

Are sports referees happy with their salary?