Being an NFL cheerleader is a glamorous job, but it doesn’t pay as well as some think.
Cheerleaders grace the sidelines at American football games and get a close-up look at the action.
But they are not so well rewarded financially.
According to various reports, a professional NFL cheerleader can earn around $75,000 a year.
But a supportive cheerleader only makes about $20,000 a year.
Professional cheerleaders are paid around $15 to $20 an hour.
They also collect $500 in game fees, of which there are usually nine or ten, including preseason.
But assisting cheerleaders are paid around $9 an hour.
And their playing fees are half those of the pros.
The salary has been increased in recent years following complaints that it was too low.
The Oakland Raiders were ordered to pay minimum wage to cheerleaders after a 2014 complaint.
Previously, there were reports that cheerleaders were being paid as little as $5 an hour.
Two former Raiders cheerleaders won a $1.25 million settlement with the team after the wage theft class action lawsuit.
While six teams in the NFL — Bears, Bills, Browns, Giants, Steelers, and Packers — have no cheerleaders at all
Some simply have too cold a climate, while others are against it for other reasons.
Giants co-owner John Mara told the New York Times, “Philosophically, we’ve always struggled with putting scantily clad women on the field to entertain our fans.”
And the Bills had to ditch their “Jills” roster after they were sued in 2014.
Five former Jills claimed the cheerleaders weren’t paid for the hours they worked, eventually winning a $3.5 million payout.
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