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California Lifeguards Making $120,000 A Year, Union Says Fair And Reasonable

Unionized Newport Beach lifeguards could end up raking in over $3 million in retirement.

Unionized Newport Beach lifeguards could end up raking in over $3 million in retirement.

And people are wondering why California is bankrupt…

“We have negotiated very fair and very reasonable salaries in conjunction with comparable positions and other cities up and down the coast,” Brent Jacobsen, president of the Lifeguard Management Association, told the Orange County Register. “Lifeguard salaries here are well within the norm of other city employees.”

According to a city report on lifeguard pay for the calendar year 2010, of the 14 full-time lifeguards, 13 collected more than $120,000 in total compensation; one lifeguard collected $98,160.65. More than half the lifeguards collected more than $150,000 for 2010 with the two highest-paid collecting $211,451 and $203,481 in total compensation respectively. Even excluding benefits like health care and pension, more than half the lifeguards receive a total salary, including overtime pay, exceeding $100,000. And they also receive an annual allowance of $400 for “Sun Protection.” Many work four days a week, 10 hours a day.

“The Newport Beach City Council – as well as other beach cities – ought to take a hard look at reforming the pay scale and compensation for lifeguards as well as the way in which the department is organized,” Brian Calle writes in the Register. “This is a reasonable starting point for applying some fiscal sanity to public employee compensation.”


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