NFL cheerleaders are employed by the majority of professional football teams. Of the 32 NFL teams 26 of them have cheerleaders. These cheerleaders are not paid very well even though everyone else involved with NFL games does.
It is hard to find out the average salary of an NFL cheerleader but it has been reported that the experienced cheerleaders only make $1,000 to $1,500 each month. There are eight home games per season and two preseason games. For working all of these games newer NFL cheerleaders only make from $500 to $750 in an entire season.
Per game the average salary most NFL cheerleaders own is between $70 and $150. NFL team mascots get paid more than the cheerleaders do. NFL cheerleaders are contracted to make personal appearances outside of NFL games but they do not get paid for this. They may be able to get some paid public appearances but not very many. The cheerleaders who also serve as dance team members (such as the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders) get paid a little bit more. Dallas Cowboy cheerleader merchandise makes money for the team but the cheerleaders don’t get any cut of the money.
In 2014 cheerleaders are supposedly making more money than they did in the past. Amateur cheerleaders are said to be earning anywhere from $1200 to $1500 a season, which translates to between $80 and $100 per game. Elite NFL cheerleaders are reportedly earning anywhere from $2,000 to $2,500 a season. This translates to $100 to $200 per game.
Cheerleaders put a lot of rehearsal time into their routines and they don’t get paid for this time. Virtually all of them have another job on the side because working as an NFL cheerleader does not earn them enough money to live off of.
NFL cheerleaders make a disappointing salary that many people don’t realize. The NFL does not like to speak about how much their cheerleaders are paid.