NBA cheerleaders do not make enough to live on. Most only make about $500 to $750 a season so they have to have a regular job to pay the bills. Some cheerleaders, depending on their experience and how long they've been with the team, may get a salary of $200 to $1,000 a month. To be a cheerleader, they have to love what they do. Teri Hatcher, from Desperate Housewives, used to be a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush which proves that being a cheerleader can lead to bigger and better things.