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Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6012$70,095.62/yr$26,986.24/yr$48,239.24/yr$61,242.77/yr$103,788.99/yr$132,266.76/yr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services20N/A
Other Services10N/A
Public Administration80N/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$40,570.92/yrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 60$61,242.77/yr13.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 70$61,238.53/yrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 90$51,012.70/yrN/A
Minnesota 110$48,239.24/yr15.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Childcare Workers 10,190$15.63/hr-2.0%
Psychiatric Aides 900$25.37/hr6.3%
Security Guards 11,160$19.71/hr8.3%

  • Signal participants or other officials to make them aware of infractions or to otherwise regulate play or competition.
  • Keep track of event times, including race times and elapsed time during game segments, starting or stopping play when necessary.
  • Judge performances in sporting competitions to award points, impose scoring penalties, and determine results.
  • Officiate at sporting events, games, or competitions, to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules are observed.
  • Start races and competitions.
  • Verify credentials of participants in sporting events, and make other qualifying determinations, such as starting order or handicap number.
  • Compile scores and other athletic records.
  • Direct participants to assigned areas, such as starting blocks or penalty areas.
  • Verify scoring calculations before competition winners are announced.
  • Confer with other sporting officials, coaches, players, and facility managers to provide information, coordinate activities, and discuss problems.