“Most of them have sports training diplomas”

How much are water boys paid in the NFL?

The football season may be over, but thanks to a viral TikTok, the question is sparking a lot of discussion.

The conversation started thanks to Jake Thieneman (@jake.thieneman), a former NFL player who often posts videos giving insight into life in the league. His clips are part of a common trend on TikTok, where users share hidden facts about their jobs — from life as a tow worker to the weird path some toll workers take to work every day.

Thieneman’s latest clip, which drew nearly 300,000 viewers in one day, claims the average NFL water boy salary is actually around $53,000. This figure is also reported elsewhere, such as the sports website Stackalthough data from the league itself is not readily available.

From there, Thieneman was quick to add that the number can vary depending on the team and the candidate’s experience. He also talked about how skilled many NFL water boys are.

“Now there’s a misconception that these people are just handing out water and towels,” Thieneman says. “They are coaches of the athletic training staff. Most of them have sports training diplomas or [physical therapy] degrees and learn the trade of treating player injuries and helping guys stay healthy.

Thieneman suggested those interested in the job should view it as “learning” as opposed to “just squirting water bottles.”

TikTokers, however, were somewhat unhappy. Many have argued that the pay is nowhere near enough for someone with a physical therapy (PT) degree.

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“Why do I feel like they don’t get paid enough now?” a user asked.

“53,000 for a PT? Lol looks like a scam,” added another.

“My son is PT but 53K a year is way too little for the amount of schooling,” another shared.

That said, Thieneman was sure to point out the benefits of the role. As he explained, Water Boys can also travel with the team and hang out with players, in addition to other benefits.

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