Athletics referee - Salary and Career
Sports referees

Athletics referee - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They ensure compliance with the regulation in sports competitions, controlling their progress, recording infractions, applying penalties and making the necessary markings to ensure the processing of these events within the rules established by Organs sports bodies.

How much does an Athletics referee earn

A Athletics referee earns between $1.304 and $6.359 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.418 and a median salary of $1.800 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 11 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Athletics referee

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.418 29.017 605 11
1º Quartile 1.304 15.653 326 6
Median Salary 1.800 21.600 450 8
3º Quartile 4.850 58.200 1.213 23
Higher Salary 6.359 76.314 1.590 30


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • athletes, sportsmen
        • sports referees

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Main workplaces

Sports referees professionals work in different sports, working in competitions, tournaments, games and official events, in sports, recreational or associative entities, in education, etc. The vast majority of professionals are self-employed and can accumulate the role of sports referee with another occupation in the area, such as athlete, teacher, sports micro-entrepreneur, etc. Their work usually takes place on irregular dates and times, following the calendar of sporting events to which they are linked. In some activities, some professionals may work in adverse weather conditions, in uncomfortable positions for long periods, under psychological pressure.


What does it take to work in the field of Sports referees

Family occupations require different levels of minimum formal schooling, such as elementary school and high school. Vocational training can take place through basic qualification courses, lasting around two hundred hours. The desirable previous professional experience of the holders varies between more than one and five years, depending on the occupation.


Functions and activities of Athletics referee

Sports referees must:

  • enforce rules and regulations;
  • complementary referee;
  • observe posture consistent with sports referee activity;
  • observe posture befitting sport referee activity;
  • participate in knowledge activities and arbitration rules update;
  • applying rules and regulations;
  • observe posture consistent with sports referee activity;
  • manage the sporting competition;
  • examine the general infrastructure of the event;
  • complement the arbitration;
  • observe posture consonant with sport referee activity;
  • participate in knowledge activities and update of arbitration rules;
  • managing the sports competition;
  • manage the sports competition;
  • observe posture consistent with sport referee activity;
  • observe posture consistent with the activity of a sports referee;
  • observe posture consistent with sport referee activity;
  • complementary arbitration;
  • complement to arbitration;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • participate in arbitration rules knowledge and update activities;
  • maintain physical and psychological conditioning;
  • participate in arbitration rules awareness and update activities;
  • communicate;
  • fulfill your entity's requests;

  • Activities

    • request a schedule exemption;
    • operate electronic or manual scoreboard;
    • acknowledge the presence of the support group;
    • register medical care;
    • provide a medical certificate for training in the exercise of your activity (ad);
    • use sound equipment;
    • authorize the participation of athletes;
    • check the documentation of the athletes and the coaching staff;
    • visually inform the competition addition period;
    • periodically demonstrate your physical and mental capacity before competition;
    • demonstrate knowledge about the fundamentals of the sport;
    • demonstrate ability to work in a team;
    • demonstrate emotional self-control;
    • respect event participants;
    • demonstrate suitability;
    • acting whenever external interference affects the smooth running of the competition;
    • fulfill the calls of your entities;
    • work in adverse weather conditions;
    • preserving consistency throughout the competition;
    • establish communication with the support team;
    • inform the impossibility of meeting the scale;
    • interpreting rules and regulations;
    • preserve discipline during competition;
    • check the facilities;
    • standardizing the application of rules for the competition;
    • use full physical and mental conditions in the exercise of the activity;
    • approve the competition venue;
    • conduct with fairness during competition;
    • prepare yourself physically and psychologically to perform in the season;
    • participate in courses for category promotion;
    • attend punctually to competition venues;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • decide on cases not specified in the rules/regulations;
    • register with your entity;
    • plan the way the referee team works;
    • avoid your performance in competitions involving clubs/athletes with who maintain ties;
    • send reports to your entities;
    • demonstrate respect for hierarchy;
    • master the rules and regulations in force;
    • communicate with coaches and captains about the progress of the competition;
    • conduct yourself impartially during competition;
    • perform theoretical and practical arbitration tests ;
    • record substitutions;
    • standardize the application of rules for the competition;
    • participate in internships;
    • establish communication with the security team;
    • watch the performance of other arbitrators for improvement;
    • delimit the area of operation of the press;
    • request the removal of unauthorized persons from the competition area;
    • exclude support group components during the competition;
    • prevent the physical integrity of athletes;
    • become aware of responsibilities;
    • request the regularization of equipment;
    • practice the sport;
    • fill in the competition summary;
    • appear in uniform to competition venues;
    • preserving consistency during competition;
    • demonstrate common sense;
    • confirm participation in events/competition;
    • check the conditions of the competition equipment;
    • recycle;
    • participate in arbitration courses;
    • prepare yourself physically and psychologically to act in the season;
    • recycle yourself;
    • perform technical gestures/signals;
    • demonstrate objectivity;
    • supervise the technical procedures of each modality;
    • verbally inform the final time of the competition;
    • authorize support group presence;
    • verbally warn athletes of possible penalties;
    • examine the competition venue;
    • participate in category promotion courses;
    • confirm participation in events/competition;
    • request to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the competition area;
    • inform availability;
    • guide the support group action procedure;
    • identify the team captain;
    • appear in uniform at competition venues;
    • remove periodic scale;
    • check the conditions of safety equipment;
    • control the substitution of athletes;
    • register the athletes participating in the competition;
    • deciding on cases not specified in the rules/regulations;
    • control the timing;
    • demonstrate personality;
    • demonstrate accumulated experiences as a competitor in the sport;
    • punishing athletes through signs and verbalization;
    • use visual equipment;
    • preserving discipline during competition;
    • inform availability;
    • act whenever external interference affects the smooth running of the competition;
    • call or present the contestants;
    • check the presence of medical assistance;
    • respect the performance of the refereeing team members;
    • develop peripheral vision;
    • plan the way the refereeing team works;
    • participate in technical meetings;
    • maintain your physical and mental capacity after competition;
    • conduct impartially during competition;
    • study current rules and regulations;
    • demonstrate self-criticism;
    • register athletes participating in the competition;
    • verbally score athletes on possible valid techniques;
    • recognize the functions of the refereeing team members;
    • making decisions during competition;
    • record unforeseen occurrences during the competition;
    • show your physical and mental capacity during competition;
    • authorize athletes to participate;
    • establish communication with the medical team;
    • operate the electronic or manual scoreboard;
    • judging the actions of competitors;
    • demonstrate authority;
    • behave ethically when active or not in sporting events;
    • acting in long journey events;
    • report irregularities in the facilities/equipment;
    • record penalties;
    • record the score;
    • fail the competition venue;
    • call or introduce competitors;
    • respect athletes;
    • check the policing conditions;
    • standardize the application of rules for competition;
    • making decisions during competition;
    • remove periodic schedule;
    • follow the calls of your entities;


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