How Much Do MLB Umpires Make Per Game?
Major League umpires make around $1700 a game. The monthly payments will start at $2000-$2300 and increase with growing proficiency.
A rookie just beginning their career in the major league starts from $150,000 annually. Veterans make up to $450,000 annually. The annual salary does not include other perks and bonuses that referees get, like a per-day bonus.
When considering the bonuses, the salary rises a little. Further, MLB takes care of other expenses like their flight and accommodation.
In addition, they also get a one-month vacation during the regular season. All these benefits make sense, as managing a baseball game takes a lot of physical and mental strength.
Home plate umpires must crouch throughout the match and watch whether the ball is within the strike zone. They need to call the pitch a ball or a strike.
Similarly, the base umpires have to keep an eye on runners, call whether the runner is safe, and watch whether that batter checks the swing.
Officials typically work half the year, as Major leagues run for about six months. The pay in MLB is quite good compared to other sports leagues like NHL, NFL, and MLS.
The average salary of match officials in the NHL, NFL, and MLS is $212,000, $188,000, and $40,000, respectively. The only other sports league that pays its officials more than MLB is the NBA which has an average annual salary of $375,000.
However, the number of games in MLB is nearly double that of the NBA and NHL. In addition, the NFL has only sixteen regular season games, whereas the MLS has thirty-six.
Bruce Froemming and Joe West are among the highest-paid referees in Major League history. They are also two of only three referees to officiate over five thousand major league games.
C. B. Bucknor, Lance Barksdale, and Mark Clarson are among the highest-paid match officials for the current 2023 season.
How Much Does a World Series Umpire Get Paid?
MLB umpire World Series salary is $20,000. The officials receive slightly more than the $17,500 per series for officiating a playoff series.
The match officials make $5,000 per game if the World Series is a rare clean sweep that has occurred only twenty-one times throughout the major league's hundred-plus years of history.
Even if the series lasts seven games, the match officials still make $2,857 per game. The amount is quite good considering it's a three-hour job.
However, reaching the level of getting an opportunity to officiate a World Series game is extremely difficult. Only a handful of referees are selected for the World Series.
Only seven match officials got to officiate in the last World Series. Usually, only six to eight officials out of seventy-six are selected to officiate during the final series.
The referees selected for the last series were Jordan Baker, Lance Barksdale, Tripp Gibson, Pat Hoberg, James Hoye, Dan Iassogna, and Alan Porter.
Gibson, Baker, and Hoberg were selected for the first time, whereas Barksdale, Hoye, and Porter officiated their second World Series. All three of them had previously officiated during the 2019 season.
Issasogna is a familiar face on his third assignment of officiating the MLB finale.
Bill Klem is the referee who has often officiated the finale, a record eighteen series.