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What is the salary of an NHL referee?

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As of 2012, NHL referees earn between $1,402 and $2,682 per game, which is around $115,000 to $255,000 annually; wages vary with skill, experience and seniority. The two other officials in the game, the linesmen, make from $70,000 to $162,000 per year. Linesman are assistants to the referees and do much of the same work that referees do.

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NHL salaries for referees are much greater than the national average for umpires and other sports officials, which was $23,290 per year in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Referees in the top 10 percent of all earners in the field made more than $52,370, while those in the bottom 10 percent earned less than $17,040.

Although not as prestigious or well-paying as the NHL, jobs for referees working for local governments usually pay around $25,140 annually, while jobs working in spectator sports, the performing arts or related industries made an average of $23,970. Referees working in professional, civic and religious organizations made an average of $23,400, while those working in elementary and secondary schools made around $20,230. Finally, referees working for the recreation, gambling and amusement industries made the least of all, averaging around $19,610 per annum.

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