Career Details

NCAA Basketball Official

Career Overview

A basketball official administers the rules and regulations during a basketball game.


There is no set requirement for working as an official at this level. Most people start at lower levels and work their way up. Most officials started as players, but this isn't required.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$0 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$250,000 /yr

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Future Outlook

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Work Environment

Basketball officials can work at any level. Pat, the official featured in this video, works at the college level. A lot of travel is required to work in this position, and officials must be in very good physical condition.


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

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada


The New York Times