Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

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2019 Workforce
27.2k
Average Age
26.8
Estimated Job Growth
7.58%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$9,158
Average Male Salary
$9,387
Average Female Salary
$8,007

About

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are most often employed by the Amusement & Recreation industry. The average yearly wage for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials was $9,158 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Umpires, referees, and other sports officials by wage are Hosts & hostesses, restaurant, lounge, & coffee shop, Ushers, lobby attendants, & ticket takers, and Tutors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are Salt Lake City (East) PUMA, UT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are Salt Lake City (East) PUMA, UT.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Umpires, referees, and other sports officials and on wages and locations for those in the field. Amusement & Recreation is the industry that employs the most Umpires, referees, and other sports officials, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials, by average wage, is Spectator sports. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are paid most in Dayton & Riverside Cities PUMA, OH but are relatively concentrated in Salt Lake City (East) PUMA, UT.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$9,158
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,679

In 2019, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials earned an average of $9,158, $46,366 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are the lowest paid occupation in the US followed by Hosts & hostesses, restaurant, lounge, & coffee shop. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Umpires, referees, and other sports officials as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.472
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.472, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Umpires, referees, and other sports officials, by number of employees, are Amusement & Recreation, Spectator sports, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Industries by Share

27.2k
2019 Workforce
± 4,046
-3.27%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 21.6%

The number of people employed as Umpires, referees, and other sports officials has been declining at a rate of -3.27%, from 28,079 people in 2018 to 27,161 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials employed by various industries. Amusement & Recreation employs the largest share of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials at  38.5%, followed by Spectator sports with 26.6% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 18.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Umpires, referees, and other sports officials in the US. The average age of male Umpires, referees, and other sports officials in the workforce is 27.6 and of female Umpires, referees, and other sports officials is 23.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

22.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,696
4.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,646

83.4% of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Two or More Races (Hispanic)

69.6% of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.88% of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials.

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Age by Gender

27.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.82
23.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.5

The median age of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials is 26.8, and Male employees are generally 4.46 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials is Education but a relatively high number of Umpires, referees, and other sports officials hold a major in Education.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Umpires, referees, and other sports officials are expected to see a growth of 7.58% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

7.58%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Umpires, referees, and other sports officials. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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