How Much Will You Get Paid to Work as a Cheer Coach?

by Chris Newton ; Updated September 26, 2017
Cheer coaches often have experience as a cheerleader.

Cheer coaches are responsible for choreographing and teaching cheer routines to cheerleading squads. The coach also sets practice times and supervises the cheerleading squad during games or other activities where the squad cheers. Cheer coaches encourage cheerleaders and promote school spirit and team support. The job title of "cheer coach" falls under the broader career category of "coaches and scouts." The national annual wage for coaches and scouts was $28,340 in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

National Annual Wages

The annual median wage for coaches and scouts was $28,340 in 2010, according to the BLS. The lowest-paid 10th percentile earned an annual wage of $16,380 or less, while the lowest-paid 25th percentile earned an annual wage of $18,800 or less. The highest-paid 75th percentile earned an annual wage of $43,930 or more, while the highest-paid 90th percentile earned an annual wage of $63,720 or more.

Industry

Cheer coach salaries, as well as salaries for coaches and scouts in general, vary by industry of employment. Coaches and scouts employed in colleges, universities and professional schools earned an annual mean wage of $49,140 in 2010, according to the BLS, while those employed in other amusement and recreation industries earned an annual mean wage of $34,400. Those employed in the spectator sports industry earned an annual mean wage of $60,610, the highest pay by industry for this occupation. Coaches and scouts employed in the other school and instruction industry earned an annual mean wage of $29,330.

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State

Salaries for coaches and scouts, including cheer coaches, also vary by state. Coaches and scouts employed in California earned an annual mean wage of $41,830 in 2010, while those employed in Illinois earned an annual mean wage of $30,640, according to the BLS. Washington, D.C., was the top-paying geographical location for this occupation in 2010, with an annual mean wage of $53,480. Other top-paying states included Mississippi, with an annual mean wage of $49,360, and Florida, with an annual mean wage of $46,910.

Metropolitan Area

Salaries for coaches and scouts vary by metropolitan area as well. Couches and scouts employed in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California, metropolitan division earned an annual mean wage of $43,750 in 2010, according to the BLS, while those employed in the metropolitan area of College Station-Bryan, Texas, earned the highest pay by metropolitan area, with an annual mean wage of $91,240. Lubbock, Texas, was also a top-paying metropolitan area for coaches and scouts in 2010, with an annual mean wage of $82,540. Coaches and scouts in the metropolitan area of Auburn-Opelika, Alabama, earned an annual mean wage of $81,190.

2016 Salary Information for Coaches and Scouts

Coaches and scouts earned a median annual salary of $31,450 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, coaches and scouts earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,860, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $49,110, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 276,100 people were employed in the U.S. as coaches and scouts.

About the Author

Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.

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