As of 2014, the average salary for an NBA referee is between $100,000 to $550,000 per year. This salary is given to referees who work a full basketball season which is about of 82 total games
An entry-level referee can expect to make an average of $150,000, whereas senior-level referees are paid on the highest level of the spectrum. NBA referees often start their career with high school and college games and then move their way up to the NBA league. Referees need to know the basic rules of basketball and exhibit excellent court presence and on-court communication. An NBA referee needs to hone his skills to include the knowledge of NBA-provided feedback as well as play-calling.