The Average Salary of a Snooker Referee

by Chris Newton; Updated September 26, 2017
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Snooker is a variation of pool where the players use 15 red balls and six variously colored balls. A snooker referee officiates and detects infractions of rules and decides penalties according to the established snooker regulations. The job of snooker referee falls under the broader career category of "umpires, referees and other sports officials," according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS reported umpires, referees and other sports officials, including snooker referees, held an estimated 15,250 jobs in 2010. The mean annual wage for this occupation was $28,900 that year.

Annual Wage

The BLS reported the median annual wage for snooker referees and umpires, referees and other sports officials in general was $22,820 in May 2010. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $16,310 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an annual wage of $18,180 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned an annual wage of $34,100 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned $50,350 or more.

Industry

The salary for umpires, referees and other sports officials, including snooker referees, varies by industry. The spectator sports industry holds some of the highest levels of employment for this occupation, with an estimated 2,320 jobs in 2010, according to the BLS. Snooker referees in this industry earned an annual mean wage of $27,050 that year. Those employed in other amusement and recreation industries earned an annual mean wage of $23,640, while those employed by elementary and secondary schools earned an annual wage of $36,320.

Geographical Location of State

The salary for umpires, referees and other sports officials, including snooker referees, varies by state. The state of California was reported by the BLS to hold the highest level of employment for this occupation, with an estimated 1,640 jobs in 2010. Snooker referees employed in the state of California earned an annual wage of $26,700 that year. The state of Michigan was reported by the BLS to be the top paying state for this occupation, with an annual mean wage of $59,470.

Metropolitan Area

The salary for umpires, referees and other sports of officials, including snooker referees, also varies by metropolitan area, the BLS reports. The metropolitan area of St. Louis, Missouri/Illinois held the highest level of employment for this occupation by metropolitan area, according to the BLS, with an estimated 570 jobs in 2010. Those employed in this metropolitan area earned an annual mean wage of $29,450. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the top paying metropolitan area for this occupation in 2010, with an annual mean wage of $82,490. The metropolitan area of Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is also a top paying metropolitan area for this occupation, with an annual mean wage of $43,120.

About the Author

Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.

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