Of course, you will want to know what you will be paid for your services. Those of us who have done this for years, don’t do it for the money, we do it because we love the game, but it is nice to be reimbursed for your time and services.
1. HS Varsity Match Fees: An official gets paid $65 for a varsity match; best 3 out of 5 sets (per game) no matter if the match lasts 3, 4, or 5 sets (per game). Varsity assignments are normally as follows: 1) a Varsity and JV match or 2), 1 Varsity, 1 JV, and 1 Freshman match.
2. Sub-Varsity Match fees: Sub-varsity matches include junior varsity and freshman matches. An official gets paid $45 for a sub-varsity match, best 2 out of 3 sets (games).
3. JHS/ MS Match Fees (sub-varsity also): An official gets paid $40 for a 7th or 8th grade match, best 2 out of 3 sets (games) no matter if the match lasts 2 or 3 sets (games). JHS assignments are normally 2 matches or 4 matches on one night.
4. When Matches are played: HS matches (Varsity, JV, and Freshmen) matches are played on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays. JHS/MS matches are played on Mondays and Thursdays and you may be assigned to 2, 3 or 4 matches.
5. Average Fees Earned: So in summary, an official will earn $110 to $190 for a varsity assignment and about the same for a MS assignment. $110 being the pay for 2 or 3 matches and $160 being the pay for 4 Middle School or $195 for 3 Varsity matches. Mileage is in addition to these fees.
6. How Does an Official Get Paid? HS sports officials are considered individual contractors with each school where they officiate. Before the start of each match, you fill out a pay sheet with your partner and turn that into the school. Then the school cuts you a check and mails it to you. Checks are normally received by members 30 to 45 days after the match date.
7. Assignments: The number of assignments you are given and thus the amount of money you will make depends on two things: 1) how often you are available and 2) your level of expertise based on the amount of training you have attended and how well you have absorbed the information in the Rule Book, Case Book, and Officials Manual. In other words your current ability as a HS VB referee. The amount of money you can make officiating HS VB is a direct result of your availability and the effort you put into this endeavor once you make the decision that this is something you want to do. Junior officials (1-3 years) can easily make $1300 to $1800 a season.