Baseball is underway, the Mets are actually doing well, and so it’s time to unveil a job group I think is one of the coolest (besides being a stunt driver) in the CNN Money’s Six Figure Job series – any job that puts you on the field of play in a major league sport. The jobs profiled in this six figure series article include umpires, referees, and groundskeepers.
The first job they profile is an umpire and you can expect to spend about 8-12 years in purgatory – i.e. the minor leagues. Becoming an umpire is actually really difficult. First you go to “umpire school,” a five week course, and then top grads are put through an evaluation course run by the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. (PBUC) which will select a few to hire and put the rest in a “reserve.” If you’re hired, you’re put into the lowest of the four minor leagues where you can expect to pull in $1800-$2000 per month during the regular season. AAA, the highest of the minor leagues, umpires make at most $3400 a month. If you aren’t promoted every two years (that is, move up in the minors) then you’re expected to pack your stuff. When you get to triple-A ball, you get three years or you’re done. With only 229 minor league umpires and 68 major league umpires, the jobs are hard to get. “If you do snag a job in the big leagues, your salary would range from $90,000 to over $350,000, plus benefits and a pension.” Sweet.
What about being a groundskeeper or a mascot?
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