Being a NFL cheerleader may seem like a glamorous job, but it's certainly not a lucrative career. The job is physically demanding, time consuming and for most cheerleaders, it's low-paying.
Demands of the Job
Professional cheerleading requires more than game time entertainment. Cheerleaders must meet strict weight, fitness and appearance criteria, and many cover make-up and stylist costs out-of-pocket. They must attend practices before games, during the week and during off-season and also attend photo shoots, autograph signings and other events. There is no additional compensation for much of this extra work.
Crunching the Numbers
Each team pays their cheerleaders different amounts. The Seattle Seahawks pay $10 an hour plus overtime, Time says. But most teams pay a flat per-game rate. The San Diego Chargers pay $75 per home game; the Baltimore Ravens pay $100 and the Dallas Cowboys pay $150, The Atlantic reported. The Oakland Raiders pay $125 per game, which works out $1,250 for each season.
A Bit Extra
NFL cheerleaders can earn additional money from paid appearances and other gigs, such as selling calendars from their photo shoots. The job comes with perks, such as game tickets and stadium parking passes, and sometimes free travel. Being an NFL cheerleader also can be a route to more prestigious and better paying entertainment opportunities, such as modeling or acting.
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