The Super Bowl brings spectacle and excitement for the NFL and fans alike, but it also means a big payday for players, coaches and even officials.
Just as player and coach salaries have increased over the years, so too has compensation for officials. The pay for officials, who became full-time employees in 2017, varies depending on the game and experience of the individual, so the amount every official makes is different.
As for the Super Bowl, players on the winning team receive a hefty bonus in addition to their rings. Players on the losing team get a bonus, too, although it’s considerably less.
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How much are referees paid for Super Bowl 53?
That question is more complicated than it may seem.
Bonuses for NFL officials are kept under lock and key, so the numbers aren’t readily available to the public. Despite that, Money.com reported officials earned an $11,900 bonus for working Super Bowl 35. Based on those figures, it’s estimated officials received a bonus of nearly $40,000 for working Super Bowl 50.
That number is likely higher for this year’s game in Atlanta.
Who are the Super Bowl 53 game officials?
Referee John Parry, in his 12th NFL season and third Super Bowl assignment, leads the Super Bowl 53 officiating crew with fellow title game veterans Jeff Bergman at line judge, Steve Zimmer at field judge and Terrence Miles as back judge. Umpire Fred Bryan, down judge Edgar Camp and side judge Eugene Hall are working their first Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LIII officiating assignments are confirmed – John Parry has been named #SBLIII referee. Congratulations to all! – AL pic.twitter.com/STZDanNcAr— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) January 15, 2019
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How much do referees make in the regular season?
Officials are paid on a game-by-game basis. According to a CBS report from 2014, the 121 officials employed by the NFL that season earned between $4,000 and $10,000 a game that year.
Money.com reported the average salary by an NFL official rose to almost $201,000 in 2019. The same report said officials receive a defined-contributon 401(k) plan, with an annual deposit of $18,000 and a partial matching contribution.