IPL Umpire Salaries: A Breakdown of Match Fees and More

Do umpires earn a lot? Who is the most-paid umpire?

An umpire arguing with Virat Kohli during a cricket match
Ankitjit Singh

Written by: Ankitjit Singh

(Sports Writer)

Last updated: 2024-04-02

4 minutes read

Not only in the cricketing world, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has stuck its feet among the amongst the best sporting tournaments in the world. Being the most lucrative cricketing league in the world, the brand value of the IPL is growing in leans and bounds and is skyrocketing with each passing season.

As an example, it was recently reported that the Indian league has overtaken the English Premier League (EPL) in terms of revenue generation.

This nothing but depicts the kind of revenue the league is generating and giving monetary benefits to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and everyone involved.

The IPL has changed the financial conditions of many players and has provided them with a huge platform to showcase their prowess to the world. However, not only the players but umpires too have benefited a lot financially. In this piece, we will take a closer look at the salary of IPL umpires. 

Salary of Umpire per Match in IPL

The job of the umpire is not as easy as it seems. The match officials need to be vigilant and keep an eye on each and everything that is happening in the game. For this job, in the Indian Premier League, the salary of IPL umpires is divided into two categories: elite umpires and developmental umpires.

Elite umpires are the ones who are in the elite panel of the International Cricket Council (ICC). They are considered the most experienced umpires and their salary standards are set according to that.

By contrast, developmental umpires are the regional officials who usually officiate in the domestic circuit.

For the elite panel, the salary of an IPL umpire is USD 2650, which is approximately INR 198000 per match. These are the fees of the umpires in the ongoing IPL 2024. In the last edition, it was 175000 INR per match. Apart from this, the elite umpires also receive a daily allowance of INR 12500 for travel and stay.

Image Credits: Circle of Cricket

Image Credits: Circle of Cricket

For the developmental panel, the salary of an IPL umpire is USD 790 which is approximately INR 59000 per match. They too have received a hike in the IPL 2024 as in the previous season, they received INR 400000 per match. The developmental umpires, however, aren’t inclined to any daily allowance.

Top Five Highest Paid Umpires in the IPL:






Anil Chaudhary




C. Shamshuddin




Christopher Gaffaney




Nitin Menon




Paul Reiffel



Umpire Earnings From Sponsorships in IPL

Apart from the salaries in IPL, umpires also benefited a lot from the sponsorships in the league. There are different brands that want to collaborate with the officials and at the end of the IPL season, umpires get ₹733000 from the sponsorships. 

Contract Salary for Umpires in IPL

There are also fixed salaries for umpires in the IPL. But it depends on the experience and performance in the matches. Elite umpires usually get 3000 USD per match in the IPL whereas development umpires only 700 USD per match. 

Playoffs Bonus for Umpires in IPL

Apart from the above-mentioned incomes, umpires in the IPL also earn through bonuses in the league. There are playoff bonuses for the match officials as they get paid extra during the business end of the tournament. However, only the elite umpires are eligible for this. 


Who is the highest-paid umpire in the IPL?

India’s Anil Chaudhary is the highest-paid umpire in the IPL based on his experience and performance. Apart from him, C. Shamshuddin, Christopher Gaffaney, Nitin Menon, and Paul Reiffel are also on the list.

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Ankitjit Singh

Ankitjit Singh

I am just a guy in his early 20s whose dream was to play cricket but now believes his job is to serve cricket. I picked the cricket bat at the age of 3, pursued science as I grew up but eventually followed my heart to come into journalism and do the second-best thing in the world after playing the sport.

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