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How much money do MLB umpires make per game at the World Series?

For the most recent umpire compensation figures during the World Series, we’ll refer to the last collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLBUA.

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Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) reacts with umpire Ron Kulpa (46) after striking out looking against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in game two of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park.
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Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires are officials responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations of the game. They are also the highest-paid officials in the world of professional sports.

Umpires selected to officiate in the World Series, which is the championship series of MLB, receive compensation based on their experience and expertise. The payment is subject to negotiation and collective bargaining agreements.

The umpires receive a game fee for officiating, which increases as the series progresses. In addition, they receive bonuses for advancement, such as when they are selected to officiate in later games in the series.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas hits a foul ball hitting umpire Quinn Wolcott during the eighth inning of game two of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series between the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
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Arizona Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas hits a foul ball hitting umpire Quinn Wolcott during the eighth inning of game two of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series between the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Adam DavisEFE

The compensation structure for umpires in the MLB World Series is established through collective bargaining agreements between the Major League Baseball Umpires Association (MLBUA) and MLB. Referees with more experience and those who have officiated in multiple World Series tend to command higher compensation due to their expertise and track record of success.

It is important to note that the compensation for umpires is not only based on their performance during the games but also on their overall experience and contributions to the sport. Therefore, the compensation structure is designed to attract and retain the best umpires in professional sports.

How much do MLB umpires get for officiating the World Series?

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires’ pay for officiating the World Series is not publicly disclosed. However, according to John C. Skipper’s 2010 book, “Umpires: Classic Baseball Stories from the Men Who Made the Calls,” umpires who officiate the World Series are given an additional $20,000, along with their expenses. For referees who work in the earlier rounds of the playoffs, they are paid $17,500 plus expenses.

The amount umpires receive for working the World Series has been a topic of interest for many. The $20,000 bonus, however, is not a fixed amount and may increase depending on the series duration. If the series lasts only four games, umpires will be paid $5,000 per game in addition to their regular season salary. On the other hand, if the series goes on for seven games, umpires will earn around $2,857.14 per game.

It’s important to note that MLB umpires’ salaries are not revealed, but it is estimated that they earn between $110,000 and $432,800 per season, based on their experience level. Additionally, umpires have a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health insurance, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan.