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NFL playoffs: what is the salary of an NFL referee for Wild Card games?

With all the dangers of covid-19, many officials didn’t feel comfortable participating, but the NFL made sure they were accommodated for.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 09: Referee Clete Blakeman waits for quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders to call a timeout with two seconds left in overtime of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on January 9, 2022 in L
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NFL referee’s salaries are undisclosed, however, a report from 2019 shows that the average referee earns around $205,000, which is much higher than the amount earned before, which was $149,000 on average.

NFL referees are paid a per-game amount as well as a substantial pension plan on top of a flat fee per season. Postseason games offer higher earnings, with double the amount paid compared to games during the regular season.

How much does a referee make in the Super Bowl?

Officiating the Super Bowl is the peak for NFL referees, who can take home between $30,000-$50,000 from the annual event. Pressure is on when you arrive as a Super Bowl official, but they are rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

NFL Referees During covid-19

With all the dangers of the coronavirus, many officials didn’t feel comfortable participating, but the NFL made sure they were accommodated for. NFL referees could opt for a $30,000 stipend, according to a parliamentary agreement between the league and NFL Referees Association.

Dark period

All of the referees on the NFL officiating roster are part-time and have what is called 'a dark period' between the end of the season and the middle of May. That time and during the summer is when they typically focus on their other job. 

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