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  • I never chose the right JOB. To think I went to school and at 38 still paying loans

    Lifeguarding in OC is totally lucrative; some make over $200k

    Tweet Share High pay and benefits for lifeguards in Newport Beach is the latest example of frustrating levels of compensation for public employees. More than half the city’s full-time lifeguards are paid a salary of over $100,000 and all but one of them collect more than $100,000 in total compensation including benefits.

    When thinking about career options with high salaries, lifeguarding is probably not one of the first jobs to come to mind. But it apparently should. In one of Orange County’s most desirable beach destinations, Newport Beach, lifeguards are compensated all too well; especially compared with the county annual median household income of $71,735.

    It might be time for a career change.

    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.

    Lifeguarding in Newport Beach is a pretty good gig, if you can get it.

    There is no denying that lifeguards protect swimmers and play a vital safety role in protecting numerous beachgoers every year. In 2010, the total number of rescues by Newport Beach lifeguards was 2,190. Even so, these salaries seem too generous, and the compensation levels don’t appear fiscally sane.

    Currently, Newport Beach has 13 full-time active lifeguards and hires about 210 seasonal and part-time “tower” guards, Newport Beach City Manager David Kiff told us. Lifeguards are organized as part of the fire department. The Lifeguard Management Association represents the 13 full-time, salaried employees in collective bargaining with the city whereas the Association of Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguards represents the part-time, seasonal lifeguards.

    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.” “Lifeguard salaries here are well within the norm of other city employees.” And therein is the problem: Local public worker pay has become all too generous and out of line with private sector equivalents.

    On face, the compensation packages for these guards are staggering. But take into consideration the retirement benefits being paid to currently retired lifeguards and lifeguards who will retire at these pay levels in the future and the problem is further compounded. 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.

    A YouTube video created by Americans for Prosperity-California, an education advocacy organization concerned with limited government, lower taxation, and free-market principles, outlined how in Newport Beach a “recently retired lifeguard, age 51, receives a government retirement of over $108,000 per year for the rest of his life.” The video also notes that “He will make well over $3 million in retirement if he lives to age 80!”

    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. This is a reasonable starting point for applying some fiscal sanity to public employee compensation.
    Last edited by jcioccke; 05-11-2011, 07:50 AM. Reason: http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/05/10/lifeguarding-in-oc-is-totally-lucrative-some-make-over-200k/44783/
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    http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/20...er-200k/44783/
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    There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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    • #3
      I'm sure that these aren't any ordinary lifeguards. As the article mentioned, they are part of the fire department. I'd be willing to bet that all of them are trained firefighters/paramedics as well.
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      • #4
        New major in college- BS/LGS (Life Guard Services). Go to college for four years and get your degree now! But you have a lot of courses on swimming and using surfboards, ATVs, and putting on suntan lotion. If Baywatch was any example of the career, breast implants are required for females in the field.

        Then you can get an Masters in Life Saving Administration and double your money.
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        • #5
          Yea but who would want their job? They get paid a lot of money but look at what they have to go through! All day long they have to stare at half naked people, including women. They also have to spend their entire day under the gorgeous sun with the breeze blowing on their face. Plus, they also have to wear a uniform consisting of a shirt and shorts with or without sandals. Yuk!

          I don't know about you, but there is no amount of money you could give me to make me do all that! Thank God there are people who are actually willing to put up with all of that. They deserve double the pay!

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          • #6
            ^^^^^

            I agree and in Newport Beach CA No less. Those poor bastar-s. Thank you for setting me straight
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michigan View Post
              Yea but who would want their job? They get paid a lot of money but look at what they have to go through! All day long they have to stare at half naked people, including women. They also have to spend their entire day under the gorgeous sun with the breeze blowing on their face. Plus, they also have to wear a uniform consisting of a shirt and shorts with or without sandals. Yuk!

              I don't know about you, but there is no amount of money you could give me to make me do all that! Thank God there are people who are actually willing to put up with all of that. They deserve double the pay!
              You got a point. I mean... who would like to see the likes of Rosanne Bar, Whoopi Goldberg or any other humanoid beached whale, half naked.
              The poor bastards deserve the pay to put up with that.

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              • #8
                Quit bitching, start swimming and take one of their jobs.

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                • #9
                  Being a lifeguard isn't all that...On the weekdays it's pretty boring, since there aren't many people on the beaches...You have to put up with people who think that laws and rules get thrown out the window once they're at the beach...You have to deal with annoying drunks and difficult tourist...Skin cancer is also a concern...

                  Ocean rescue is awsome but baby-sitting people on the beach sucks at times...They don't make as much money in my part of the world...
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                  • #10
                    I really hate stories like this because they only tell half truths. Of course benefit packages make someone's wages look expensive, but no one ever points out that if you do the same comparison against wages in the private sector, everyone looks like they are being paid exorbitantly. Here are some of the common "benefits" paid on behalf of private sector employees in California.

                    Social Security Contributions
                    Medicare Contributions
                    Workers Compensation Insurance
                    Unemployment Insurance
                    Employment Training Tax
                    State Disability Insurance (Non-Industrial)
                    Health Insurance Contribution
                    Shift Differential
                    Educational Incentives
                    401K Matching Contributions

                    Now, only two of these benefits actually represent cash in the employee's pocket on pay day. Nonetheless, if you count the dollars spent towards this "benefit package" (like the press does with public employees) it makes even a private sector minimum wager earner look like a greedy overpaid pig.

                    And the issue of overtime is equally misleading. In this era of tight budgets, it is cheaper for a government agency to intentionally keep a position vacant and then fill it on an as needed basis using mandatory overtime. When this occurs, you have to pay an employee for their time. After all, being a government employee does not mean you're required to work for free. So, employees work extra hours to fill positions the government has deliberately kept vacant and now the public complains about having to pay the employees for their efforts. This is bull crap.

                    The article also fails to point out that Newport Beach is a high cost area. Last year Forbes Magazine rated it as the most expensive city in the US to live in. Currently, the most expensive single family house on the market is $28.5 million, followed by $27.95 Million. Needless to say, a lifeguard job that pays a mere $100,000 per year should qualify for food stamps according to contemporary community standards.
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