Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lifeguards of the O.C.

According to a [Newport Beach] 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 Lifeguard Management Association represents the 13 full-time, salaried employees in collective bargaining with the city...

In a phone conversation, Brent Jacobsen, president of the Lifeguard Management Association, defended the lifeguard pay in Newport Beach: “We have negotiated very fair and very reasonable salaries in conjunction with comparable positions and other cities up and down the coast.”

Lifeguards are able to retire with 90 percent of their salary, after only 30 years of work at as early as the age of 50.
--Brian Calle, Orange County Register, on how to hire and retain the best lifeguards in the world. HT: Greg Mankiw

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