How much are Super Bowl referees paid?
The Super Bowl brings spectacle and excitement for the NFL and fans alike, but it also means a big payday for players, coaches and even officials.Just as player and coach salaries have increased over the years, so too has compensation for officials. The pay for officials, some of whom are full-time NFL employees, varies depending on the game and experience of the individual, so the amount every official makes is different. As for the Super Bowl, players on the winning team receive a hefty bonus in addition to their rings. Players on the losing team get a bonus, too, although it’s considerably less. MORE: Meet the officials for Super Bowl 54How much are referees paid for Super Bowl 54?That question is more complicated than it may seem.Bonuses for NFL officials are kept under lock and key, so the numbers aren’t readily available to the public. Despite that, Money.com reported officials earned an $11,900 bonus for working Super Bowl 35. Based on those figures, it’s estimated officials received a bonus of nearly $40,000 for working Super Bowl 50.That number is likely higher for this year’s game in Miami.Who are the Super Bowl 54 game officials?Bill Vinovich, in his 11th season as an NFL referee and 14th overall as an NFL official, will be the referee for the Super Bowl in 2020. The 58-year-old also served as the referee for Super Bowl 49 between the Seahawks and Patriots.Below are the officials the NFL assigned to Super Bowl 54 between the 49ers and Chiefs, including their NFL experience and the Super Bowls on their resume.PositionOfficialNFL experienceSuper BowlsRefereeBill Vinovich14 yearsSB 49UmpireBarry Anderson13 yearsNoneLine judgeCarl Johnson16 yearsSB 42Side judgeBoris Cheek24 yearsSB 42, SB 50Back judgeGreg Steed17 yearsSB 44Field judgeMichael Banks18 yearsSB 43Down judgeKent Payne16 yearsSB 45, SB 51In addition to the seven on-field officials for the Super Bowl, Mike Chase will serve as the crew’s replay official. Chase and umpire Barry Anderson are the only officials on the crew who have never worked a Super Bowl.How much do referees make in the regular season?Officials are paid on a game-by-game basis. According to a CBS report from 2014 , the 121 officials employed by the NFL that season earned between $4,000 and $10,000 a game that year. Money.com reported the average salary by an NFL official rose to almost $201,000 in 2019. The same report said officials receive a defined-contributon 401(k) plan, with an annual deposit of $18,000 and a partial matching contribution.More Super Bowl 54 news by Sporting News• Full betting odds & prediction for 49ers vs. Chiefs• The 25 best Super Bowl commercials of all time, ranked• Super Bowl Roman numerals, explained: A guide to help decipher the NFL’s weird numbers game• Superb Owl Sunday 2020: The story about owls and Super Bowl 54 you didn’t know you wanted until now• Who is the fastest player in the NFL? Tyreek Hill has serious competition in Super Bowl 54• Jimmy Garoppolo trade, revisited: How QB quickly turned 49ers’ big risk into Super Bowl reward• Patrick Mahomes’ baseball career was filled with potential• Why Joe Montana left the 49ers for the Chiefs• How did 49ers’ Deebo Samuel get his nickname? • What is the Chiefs’ mascot? A history of KC Wolf’s pioneering place in the NFL• Nick Bosa and Donald Trump: Revisiting the 49er’s social media controversy ahead of 2019 NFL Draft• Way-too-early NFL power rankings for 2020