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NFL Referees Get Paid More Than You Might Think, Though Not as Much as the Players

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It was a long spring and summer without our favorite athletes on the field, but now that fall is upon us, football season is in full swing. And as we make our way into Week 2 of the organization's 100th year, fans are curious about more than just the teams and players. 

Since the officials literally make the game happen but are often forgotten, many are wondering: How much do NFL referees make? Scroll down for everything we know!

How much do NFL referees make?

According to Money, NFL referees were making an average of $173,000 in 2013. However, that number is expected to rise to $201,000 this year. That's quite a hefty salary for these men, many of whom are referees just as a second job, considering its only five months out of the year.

On top of the generous pay, they allegedly also receive a defined-contribution 401K plan with a yearly deposit of $18,000 and partial matching contribution.