The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves are currently battling it out for MLB supremacy. But how much do the World Series umpires earn during the best-of-seven-series and what is their salary?
2021 World Series between Astros and Braves gets underway
The 2021 World Series kicked off between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves on Tuesday 26 October.
The Astros beat the Red Sox 4-2 in the NCLS while the Braves overcame the the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
The last time the Braves reached the World Series was in 1999, when they were swept by the Yankees.
They last won it in 1995.
For the Astros, it’s their first appearance since 2019, when they lost against the Washington Nationals in Game 7.
Houston last won the World Series in 2017, but under controversial circumstances.
The Braves took the opening game of the 2021 World Series with a 6-2 win against the Astros.
How much do the MLB umpires earn?
While the players, managers, and coaches are an important part of MLB, the umpires are equally integral to the sport.
MLB umpires in general have a lot of responsibility, and you better believe they’re compensated accordingly.
Major league umpires make up to $280,000 per year, although it can reach up to $432,800 depending on experience.
Besides their salaries, MLB umpires also receive significant benefits, including hotels, rental cars, meals, and even flying first class.
However, that allowance is reportedly capped at $340.
How much do World Series umpires make?
The World Series is host to the best teams in MLB, so it makes sense the best umpires officiate in the best-of-seven-series.
Major league umpires who work in play-off games get an additional $17,500.
And World Series umpires make an extra $20,000.