Career Details

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Career Overview

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play. They detect infractions and decide penalties according to the rules of the game.


Educational requirements vary by state and local sports association. Although some states have no formal education requirements, other states require umpires, referees, and other sports officials to have a high school diploma.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,220 /yr
$27,020 /yr
$59,240 /yr

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Future Outlook

Employment of umpires, referees, and other sports officials is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects are expected to be good at the youth and high school levels.

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Work Environment

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials work indoors and outdoors. They often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Officials working outdoors are exposed to all types of weather conditions.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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