Premier League referees sometimes have the toughest jobs. Especially working alongside all footballing superstars with millions of people watching, and nine times out of 10, there's a chance they will upset players, coaches, and fans.
A new study has revealed the salary for every 2020/21 Premier League referee with Mike Dean earning a reported salary of £200,000.
Referees selected for Champions League, Europa League, or international matches can earn up to £200,000-a-year plus a £1,500 match fee. Assistant and video assistant referees have a basic salary of £30,000 plus a £850 match fee.
According to Sportekz, Dean, Michael Oliver, and Martin Atkinson all earn a reported £200,000-a-year.
Anthony Taylor and Kevin Friend, among others, earn a reported £70,000-a-year, while Lee Mason and Craig Pawson earn a reported £48,000-a-year.
Despite the obvious downsides, Atkinson, who became a Premier League referee back in 2005, admitted recently that he finds it an “absolute privilege” to do what he does.
It’s just an absolute privilege to be involved in the game and you realise every time you walk out and you pick up the match ball,” he told the Referees’ Association.
“I’m so fortunate that officiating has turned into a full-time career for me but my background in the police has certainly helped me because you learn to deal with different people in all sorts of ways.”