How much do the Boxing referees and officials get paid ? Thats the question some boxing fans wonder specially when a controversial decision is made. Typically boxer referees dont have any basic salary contract with any promotion or boxing state commission organizations. How much a boxing referee makes in a year depend solely upon how many fights he officiate and what caliber of fights he is assigned. Before we get into how much top boxing referees make per fight lets see how they get the fights.
Who Assign And Pay Referees ?
Different state commission in America or national boxing bodies worldwide give license to the boxing referees but its the fight promoters who assign the referees for a specific fight or the entire card in different parts of the world. Fight promotional companies (for example top rank, golden boy) are also responsible to pay the salaries of referees.
In United States however its the Navada commission who assign referee and judges for fights taking place in Las Vegas, Navada boxing commission also set the pay scale for the referees salaries.
Average Salaries of Boxing Referees:
The average referee salaries in american boxing can start from as little as $150 per match and can reach $20,000 a match. The experience referees who officiate in high profile fights mostly the “pay per view” event fights earn much higher scale than the average professional boxing refrees.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 average yearly income of boxing referees and judges is round about $25,000 a year but some of the high profile referees like Joe Cortez and Kenny Bayless can make around $90,000 a year because they usually officiate main events of big ppv events. Lets take a look at how much referees and judges were paid for Mayweather vs Pacquiao card.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao Card – Referee & Judges Salaries (Revealed)
We take a look at Floyd Mayweathers vs Canelo Alvarez Fight card and the referee and judges official salaries disclosed after Navada boxing commission set the pay scale. The referee has not been assigned yet but the pay scale has been announced and the referee who will officiat the main event Mayweather vs Pacquiao will take home $10,000 while the judges in the mainevent will earn $8,000 each.
|Mayweather vs Pacuqiao Main Event Referee (Kenny Bayless)||$10,000|
|Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight Judges (3)||$8,000|
|Vasyl Lomachenko vs Gamalier Rodriguez Fight Referee||$3,150|
|Lomachenko vs Rodriguez Judges (3)||$2,450|
|All Other Fight Referees||$2,000|
|All other fight judges||$1,500|