Last year, Jim Stacy worked for the Memphis Grizzlies as a scoreboard operator. During NBA season, he worked 20 hours a week, Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, he typically worked around the clock. On average, he made around $350 each week, before taxes. Now, he works for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a similar position and he’s making around $400 a week. Last year the Lightning played 48 regular season games, and in those games, they used 27 different scoreboards. So, for those of you who want to become a scorekeeper, here’s a look at how much you can expect to earn based on the number of hours you work and the number of games you work in.
Overtime is one of the most crucial elements when calculating how much you’ll earn as a scorer. If you work on game night or work a Saturday, you’ll earn more per hour than you would on a regular workday. In the 2015-16 season, the average overtime rate was $21.50 per hour. So, if you work two hours of overtime, you’ll make $43.00. If you work three hours of overtime, you’ll make $64.50. And, if you work four hours of overtime, you’ll make $86.25.
Based on your experience level and the number of years you’ve worked, you may be eligible for a higher wage. In the 2015-16 NBA season, around 40% of the scorekeepers made over $50,000 per year, and around 14% made over $60,000. The average weekly wage for a scorer was $400. So, if you were to make the big jump and work 40 hours a week, you’d earn $20,000 per year. If you worked 50 hours per week, you’d earn $30,000 per year. If you worked 60 hours per week, you’d earn $36,000 per year. And, if you worked 70 hours per week, you’d earn $42,000 per year.
As you can see, the math behind earning as a scorer is actually very easy. All you need is a desire to work, some spare time and a love for sports. So, if you’re looking to make some extra cash, consider a career in officiating or scoring.