How Much Do College Umpires Make?

How Much Do College Umpires Make?

Fees for college umpires vary substantially depending on the level and location of the game. At the highest level, NCAA Division I, a three man umpiring crew will be assigned to cover a series with meals and lodging paid, and mileage reimbursed. In addition, each member of the crew will receive pay between $150 and $350 a day. For instance, if the crew works a single nine inning game, the pay may be $150. If the crew works two seven inning games, the pay may be $250.

NAIA generally pays less as does junior college. For junior college games the pay is around $100 for a single nine inning game and $150 or so for two seven inning games. Mileage is generally not paid to juco umpires.

As a general rule summer college pays even less. Typically the range is $70-$120 per game without mileage, per diem, or lodging.

College teams will play 50-60 games, from February to June (if they’re lucky). Summer collegiate leagues play 40-50 games and start in early to mid-June and run until the first of August. Fall ball is hit or miss and the pay is considerably reduced.

College umpiring is the highest level of amateur umpiring and the competition is fierce. Most of these umpires have extremely impressive credentials including professional experience and professional training (i.e. umpire school). The best way to begin your collegiate umpiring career is to be noticed by the college conference umpire assignor. Usually this is done at a camp where you are evaluated, or sometimes by association and recommendation of other umpires.

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