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

Recommended Courses

  • Communication
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada