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How much are referees paid for each NBA Finals game?

The average annual salary for an NBA referee can reach up to $500,000, depending on different variables. How much are refs paid for NBA Finals game here.

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The average annual salary for an NBA referee can reach up to $500,000, depending on different variables. How much are refs paid for NBA Finals game here.
Cole BurstonAFP

The NBA is known for paying its players great amounts. And while it may come as a surprise to some fans, referees in the league are also paid substantial amounts. Let’s dive into it.

NBA referee salary 2022

In 2022, the average annual salary for an NBA referee ranges from $180,000 to $500,000, depending on a few things like experience, and job title.

Entry-level NBA referees, known as “rookies” earn around $250,000 a year. Add three to five years of experience, and their salary can jump up right to $500,000. Per contest, the average salary of a referee in the NBA ranges from $3,000 to $6,100.

That amount does not include the $800 to $5,000 earned per game in the postseason, depending on rank.

How refs are chosen for NBA Finals games

Senior-level NBA referees (with the most experience) can earn extra money by referring to playoff games as it’s the only base salary for an NBA referee.

Chosen from among the best, refs for the playoffs and finals like James Capers, Sean Corbin, and Scott Foster, have the most experience and are paid the most. Capers, who has officiated more than 135 playoff games, is thought to have the highest salary in the NBA, around $550,000.

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