How much do Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders make? Average salaries for cheerleaders in the league explored

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NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (Photo credit: Imagn)

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most popular teams in the NFL. The five-time Super Bowl winners also have one of the most iconic cheerleading squads in the league.

After the sixth episode of Netflix’s seven-part documentary America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders recently aired, fans have been curious to learn more about the cheerleader salaries at the franchise.

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders' salary

NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
NFL: NFC Wild Card Round-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

As per multiple reports, each member of the Cowboys cheerleader squad makes around $500 per game. Since Dallas usually hosts nine regular-season games at the AT&T Stadium each year, a cheerleader can make up to $4,500 per season.

Reports also suggest that Cowboys cheerleaders can make up to $10,000 for a season's worth of games, depending on whether they travel to stadiums away from Dallas.

Furthermore, Cowboys cheerleaders are paid additional money for Dallas' team-related events and public appearances.

Kat Puryear, a former Cowboys cheerleader, spoke about salary on the Netflix show and hinted at how much she receives from her gig during the NFL season.

"I would say I'm making, like, a substitute teacher [salary]," DCC alumna Puryear said. "I would say I'm making, like, Chick-fil-A worker that works full-time."

Since the NFL regular season runs for 18 weeks, most cheerleaders work part-time with the teams and have other offseason jobs.

Dallas' first group cheerleader Kelcey Wetterberg also works as a pediatric registered nurse when she is not doing her gig with the team. Meanwhile, rookie cheerleader Reece Allman works at a flower shop to earn extra income.

Average salary of NFL cheerleaders

As per reports, most NFL cheerleaders make between $150-$200 per game. This equates to around $1,350-$1,800 for a team that has nine regular-season home games per season.

Despite the controversies around the cheerleaders' salaries, the figures show that Cowboys cheerleaders get paid significantly more than other teams' cheerleaders in the league.

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