Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-2023 Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
15,250 4.2 % (4) $28,900 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $16,310 $18,180 $22,840 $34,100 $50,350
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,610 0.10 (4) $27,420
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,330 0.22 (4) $23,640
Spectator Sports 2,320 1.77 (4) $27,050
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2,220 0.03 (4) $36,320
Civic and Social Organizations 1,410 0.36 (4) $26,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 2,320 1.77 (4) $27,050
Civic and Social Organizations 1,410 0.36 (4) $26,260
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 240 0.25 (4) $36,560
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,330 0.22 (4) $23,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,610 0.10 (4) $27,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 370 0.09 (4) $39,470
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 240 0.25 (4) $36,560
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2,220 0.03 (4) $36,320
Gambling Industries 80 0.06 (4) $31,030
Other Schools and Instruction 80 0.03 (4) $30,830


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,640 0.12 0.98 (4) $26,700
Wisconsin 1,230 0.47 3.93 (4) $28,060
Kansas 1,180 0.91 7.56 (4) $24,840
Colorado 1,130 0.52 4.35 (4) $28,530
Missouri 840 0.32 2.69 (4) $28,890




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 1,180 0.91 7.56 (4) $24,840
Colorado 1,130 0.52 4.35 (4) $28,530
Wisconsin 1,230 0.47 3.93 (4) $28,060
Utah 480 0.42 3.48 (4) $21,730
Missouri 840 0.32 2.69 (4) $28,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 230 0.06 0.51 (4) $59,470
Pennsylvania 300 0.06 0.46 (4) $43,510
Vermont 50 0.16 1.33 (4) $42,100
New York 410 0.05 0.42 (4) $41,900
Oklahoma 70 0.05 0.41 (4) $41,770

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 570 0.45 3.78 (4) $29,450
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 0.83 (4) $28,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.73 (4) $24,340
Denver-Aurora, CO 320 0.27 2.25 (4) $25,660
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 310 0.39 3.28 (4) $35,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 270 0.16 1.33 (4) $22,620
Kansas City, MO-KS 250 0.26 2.20 (4) $29,020
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 220 0.09 0.74 (4) $24,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.13 1.05 (4) $30,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 1.18 (4) $23,290




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Appleton, WI 150 1.37 11.39 (8) (8)
Bend, OR 60 0.95 7.88 (8) (8)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 130 0.79 6.61 (4) $38,530
St. Louis, MO-IL 570 0.45 3.78 (4) $29,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 310 0.39 3.28 (4) $35,170
Colorado Springs, CO 90 0.39 3.24 (4) $35,360
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 70 0.38 3.19 (4) $17,870
Salt Lake City, UT 180 0.31 2.60 (4) $19,470
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.29 2.43 (4) $27,360
Denver-Aurora, CO 320 0.27 2.25 (4) $25,660




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 0.45 (4) $82,490
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA (8) (8) (8) (4) $43,120
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $42,350
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) (4) $40,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $38,880
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 130 0.79 6.61 (4) $38,530
Oklahoma City, OK 40 0.08 0.68 (4) $38,210
Colorado Springs, CO 90 0.39 3.24 (4) $35,360
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 310 0.39 3.28 (4) $35,170
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $33,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 400 2.39 19.92 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.52 4.36 (4) $25,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 400 2.39 19.92 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.52 4.36 (4) $25,540

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $29,290
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.52 4.36 (4) $25,540
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (4) $22,980


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011