It is well known that star athletes in the National Football League earn tens of millions of dollars per year. NFL referee salaries, on the other hand, are more elusive. Of course, they earn much less thandespite the enormous pressure they are under to do appeals, which could influence the outcome of the .
Referee compensation is governed by a collective bargaining agreement between the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) – the union that represents them – and.
The latest contract, signed by both parties in September 2019, is in effect until May 2026, but is not publicly available.
Past agreements between the union and the league, however, give some idea of what officials tasked with judging and enforcing the rules of the game earn for their work.
Unsurprisingly, that pales in comparison to the players they share the field with.
How much do NFL referees make?
How much does an NFL referee make? In 2019, under the agreement that was set to expire in May 2020, game officials earned an average salary of $205,000, according to an article about the latest NFL referee salary deal from Football Zebras, a site focused on football referees. In 2011, under the previous contract, civil servants earned an average of $149,000. This means they received a salary increase of almost 38% from contract to contract.
NFL referees typically officiate 19 games per season, including preseason games and clinics.
Are NFL referees paid more for the Super Bowl?
AThe referee’s salary is in addition to an NFL football referee’s salary during the regular season. Referees assigned to playoff games and the Super Bowl “are paid from a separate pool” in addition to their regular salary, according to the site.
NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green did not immediately respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment on the current contract between the union and the NFL.
The NFL also did not respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment on referee pay.
To become an NFL game official, candidates must have at least 10 years of experience officiating football games, according to the league’s website. This should include at least five years of officiating “major college games.”
The NFL operates a referee development program, called the Mackie Development Program, which allows college football referees to advance to the national league.
Participants in the program attend training camps, officiate NFL preseason games and, upon completion, advance to the NFL if deemed suitable to officiate at the highest level of the sport.
More than 120 black and white shirt officials currently work as umpires, umpires or judges in the NFL.
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