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How Much Money Do NFL Cheerleaders Make?

NFL cheerleaders are required to have an immense amount of time and training, just like everyone else involved in the NFL. They must commit to the exhausting work and practice schedule of representing a certain team. With that, how much do NFL cheerleaders make? As of today, NFL cheerleaders earn an estimate of $75 to $150 per game, and this doesn’t include other corporate appearances yet, which would likely be paid at a different rate. 

It’s been reported by a former cheerleader that they often work between 30 to 40 hours per week. As a matter of fact, one of the women filed a lawsuit that she only earned less than $5 an hour and they often earn sub-minimum-wage compensation for their time. It’s also been reported that cheerleaders would be fined for forgetting their pom-poms and those who gained weight would be benched. 

Requirements for NFL Cheerleaders

If you’re planning to be an NFL cheerleader, there are few major requirements you should be aware of. Below is the list of requirements that need to be met by those who are qualified:

#1 Complete an Online Application 

Every team requires aspiring cheerleaders to fill out an online application first to expedite the process. When applying online, you will be asked to submit the photos with consideration of the criteria below: 

  • Colored or black and white, Size 5 x 7 or larger
  • 1 full length, one headshot
  • Photos should not be retouched or edited
  • Photos that can reflect any outfit (such as casual, business, formal, swimwear, fitness)

#2 Submit a Resume

You will also have to prepare your resume so they can easily know your basic information. There is no age limit, but you must be at least 18 years old. There’s also no height requirement.

#3 Pass the Interview 

When you receive a callback, you must pass the interviews whether it’s live face-to-face or virtual. You do not need to cover your tattoos or remove your piercings for the audition process. But if ever you get selected to be a NFL cheerleader, only tattoos that can be covered by the uniform or concealed by makeup are permissible and one pair of post earrings are allowed.

#4 Participate in a Optional Audition Workshop 

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the workshop. Wear a neat work-out attire with warm-ups and sneakers or dance shoes. Bring snacks, water bottle, notebook/pen, a hair-tie and yoga mat for the fitness segment. 

How to Become an NFL Cheerleader 

Even though you don’t need to have years of cheerleading experience to become an NFL cheerleader, being prepared for the audition can make you earn a coveted spot. Because it’s a given that, when you are a professional football cheerleader, you will be watched by fans across the country and be broadcasted on live television. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to become an NFL cheerleader:

1. Attend Cheerleader Workshops

You can efficiently earn a spot by attending a cheerleader workshop hosted by an NFL team. Every year, the Kansas City Chiefs host four cheerleader workshops and three dance workshops, which can level up your game. It will be a plus since professional cheerleaders will be giving useful and important tips to prepare for auditions. 

The Minnesota Vikings hold five prep classes as well to help you increase your flexibility, learn high kicks, and master dance techniques. The Vikings, on the other hand, hold beauty and business workshops that give away interview tips and football quizzes.

2. Application Prerequisites

You must be over 18 and a high school graduate or have a GED to become an NFL cheerleader. Most teams will require you to fill out an application online before going to the audition and, in some cases, they’d want you to attend a preparation workshop beforehand. Different teams require different kinds of requirements, which includes a number of auditions and learning certain dances. 

3. Prepare for the Audition

Study and practice before the big day, suggested by a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Sasha Agent in a blog for Cheertime 101.[1] Learn about your team’s history, current football facts, and background information on the cheerleader’s director. Familiarize yourself with the dance style and teamwork approach by watching videos of team cheerleaders. Eating well-balanced meals and workouts that focus on increasing your stamina and building your abdominal muscles can also help you earn a spot. 

Do NFL Players Date Cheerleaders?

NFL Cheerleaders are not allowed to be associated with the players in any way. [2] That includes flirting, personal relationships, personal “friendships”, or anything that might imply a relationship outside of the professional realm of the NFL. They can have a small interaction at charity events and guest appearances since that cannot be prevented. But typically, you’d have better luck getting close to the football stars when you’re a janitor cleaning their locker rooms or by being a groupie. Again, cheerleaders aren’t lucky enough to go out with NFL players. 

Final Words 

There were a lot of legal battles that happened in the past years attempting to bring about more fairness and transparency when it comes to cheerleaders’ compensation and employment practices. 

What can you say about this? Do NFL cheerleaders earn a reasonable amount of pay or do you find it unfair for them not to be earning as much as other NFL staff are earning? Let us know what you think by sharing your thoughts below.

Next, lets find out how much referees earn, or the rates paid to mascots and water boys in this articles.


1. Cheer Motions “The Do’s & Don’ts” – Cheertime 101 … – Pinterest.” Accessed 19 Jun. 2020.
2. NFL cheerleaders on many teams must abide by strict rules ….” 9 Apr. 2018, Accessed 19 Jun. 2020.

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