Guess How Little Jets Cheerleaders Get Paid
$3.77 per hour, according to lawsuit
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
New York Jets cheerleaders perform during a game last year.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

(Newser) – The latest lawsuit from an NFL cheerleader details a familiar-sounding pay scale: Members of the Jets' "Flight Crew" make what amounts to $3.77 an hour, says a former dancer with the squad. The woman identified as Krystal C. tells the New York Post that the cheerleaders make $150 per game and $100 for other special events, but they don't get paid for practices or transportation. "We worked so much and it was so time-consuming," she says. "We are professional dancers—and we should be compensated that way."

“The Jets, while paying millions of dollars to its male athletes for a single season of work, have historically and currently pay less than minimum wage to its cheerleading staff,” says the lawsuit, as quoted by the Daily News. Krystal C. says the team should pay the cheerleaders at least $8.25 an hour, the minimum wage in New Jersey. The suit follows similar ones by cheerleaders from the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Oakland Raiders.

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May 12, 2014 1:57 AM CDT
Forget about special events. Right now the cheerleaders are getting $150 per game/$3.77 per hour which means they are working 40 hours average per game. Forget pre- and post-. Sixteen game season means they get paid $2400/year. Forty women on the squad puts the total bill at 96K plus. Increasing their wage to $8.85 per hour means $5664/year or 226K for the entire squad, or an increase of 130K per team to make the ladies happy. What are we talking about here? I say they should go for $15/hour like the Seattle minimum wage prop. These dancers are seriously fabulous and the owners are pathetically cheap.
May 11, 2014 9:54 AM CDT
hey gals come cheer for me i pay very well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 10, 2014 11:07 AM CDT
It's time another NFL "dirty little secret" was revealed. These girls are professionals and Football just wouldn't be the same without them. I had always assumed they were well compensated for their work. I hope the lawsuits result in a positive change for the cheerleaders. I am surprised at the number of negative comments. How can anyone live on less than $4.00 an hour.....they can't.