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How much does a Sports Referee make in the United States?

Average Sports Referee Yearly Salary in the United States

Sports Referees earn a median salary of $24,870 per year. Salaries typically start from $17,890 and go up to $57,750.

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Sports Referee Earnings by Seniority

Top End Sports Referee Earnings

The highest earning Sports Referees in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $57,750
per year
Senior Sports Referee Earnings

Senior Sports Referees in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $38,830
per year
Experienced Sports Referee Earnings

Experienced Sports Referees in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $24,870
per year
Junior Sports Referee Earnings

Junior Sports Referees in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $19,300
per year
Starting Sports Referee Earnings

Starting Sports Referees in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $17,890
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Sports Referee salary comparison

Sports Referees earn less than 80% percent of Sports & Fitness careers. Sports Referee salaries are in the bottom 94% of all careers in the United States.

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Salary $77k
Physical Education Teacher Salary $59k
Exercise Physiologist Salary $47k
Athlete Salary $44k
Athletic Trainer Salary $44k
Fitness Trainer Salary $36k
Sports Scout Salary $31k
Sports Referee Salary $24k
Sports Writer Salary $22k

Historical salary for Sports Referees in the United States

Sports Referee salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Sports Referee Salary in Alaska - $45,600 # 1
Sports Referee Salary in North Carolina - $31,420 # 2
Sports Referee Salary in Oklahoma - $33,540 # 3
Sports Referee Salary in Kentucky - $40,670 # 4
Sports Referee Salary in Washington - $31,940 # 5
Sports Referee Salary in Virginia - $36,760 # 6
Sports Referee Salary in North Dakota - $31,030 # 7
Sports Referee Salary in Texas - $29,740 # 8
Sports Referee Salary in Tennessee - $36,490 # 9
Sports Referee Salary in Minnesota - $33,520 # 10
Sports Referee Salary in Maryland - $30,220 # 11
Sports Referee Salary in California - $25,980 # 12
Sports Referee Salary in Michigan - $26,370 # 13
Sports Referee Salary in Delaware - $23,800 # 14
Sports Referee Salary in Rhode Island - $29,970 # 15
Sports Referee Salary in Pennsylvania - $21,050 # 16
Sports Referee Salary in Wisconsin - $30,320 # 17
Sports Referee Salary in Arizona - $28,790 # 18
Sports Referee Salary in Florida - $25,560 # 19
Sports Referee Salary in Connecticut - $21,780 # 20
Sports Referee Salary in Georgia - $26,290 # 21
Sports Referee Salary in Massachusetts - $19,390 # 22
Sports Referee Salary in Kansas - $24,810 # 23
Sports Referee Salary in Illinois - $23,240 # 24
Sports Referee Salary in Colorado - $24,040 # 25
Sports Referee Salary in New Mexico - $32,400 # 26
Sports Referee Salary in Maine - $19,550 # 27
Sports Referee Salary in South Carolina - $23,840 # 28
Sports Referee Salary in Oregon - $22,600 # 29
Sports Referee Salary in Missouri - $22,500 # 30
Sports Referee Salary in Montana - $19,990 # 31
Sports Referee Salary in Nebraska - $21,390 # 32
Sports Referee Salary in Ohio - $19,250 # 33
Sports Referee Salary in Alabama - $18,990 # 34
Sports Referee Salary in Indiana - $19,840 # 35
Sports Referee Salary in Iowa - $19,210 # 36
Sports Referee Salary in Idaho - $19,960 # 37
Sports Referee Salary in Utah - $17,750 # 38
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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