$100,000 Club: 86 Lifeguards Earn Over $100K Per Year

Nice Retirement! All L.A. County lifeguards earned total compensation of more than $100,000 last year.

Nice Benefits! Add in health and retirement, and 128 L.A. County lifeguards earned total compensation of over $100,000 last year.

Los Angeles County boasts the world’s largest professional lifeguard association. But most of the association’s 850 guards work seasonally. The incomes of the 150 year-round lifeguards can seem surprisingly rich to anyone raised on the hit 1990s TV show, Baywatch – or anyone who worked as a summer lifeguard at the local pool.  

Getting the exact number of Los Angeles County lifeguards was a bit of a challenge. We called up the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They transferred us to the Lifeguard Division in Manhattan Beach. That’s where we learned there are about 850 lifeguards but just 150 full-time lifeguards. The state controller’s website shows about 750 seasonal workers and about 120 full-timers. Transparent California shows over a thousand total lifeguards in 2015.

Here’s the list of the 10 highest paid lifeguards in LA County, which includes total pay and benefits. This list was pulled from the State Controller’s Office and Transparent California:

Name Job Title Total Pay and Benefits
Adam Uehara Captain $314,899.69
Daniel Douglas Captain $297,355.93
Fernando Boiteuz Assistant Chief $287,064.96
Steve Moseley Chief $278,033.31
Terry Yamamoto Section Chief $265,972.43
Kenichi Ballew-Haskett Captain $239,342.29
Remy Smith Captain $225,417.38
Jeffrey Horn Captain $225,211.22
Erik Albertson Section Chief $223,103.25
Michael McIlory Captain $220,720.37

There are 93 “Lifeguard Specialists” who earn an average total compensation of $148,000. At least 86 lifeguards earn salaries in excess of $100,000. Add in other benefits, and 128 lifeguards earn total compensation above $100,000. While we don’t know the details about lump pay and “other pay”, some individuals make excessive amounts in those categories.  You can see each lifeguard’s pay here.

The cost between the full-time and seasonal lifeguards is massive. The average total wages for a full-time lifeguard is $115,995, while a seasonal lifeguard is $14,092. The average full-time lifeguard has a benefit package of $47,281. A seasonal lifeguard has a benefits package of $2,046.

Though there is not much accumulated overtime in the group, one captain earned base pay of $114,204 – and clocked $125,864 in overtime.

5 replies
  1. talltalk says:

    obscene. the rip off of tax payers is obscene. not to mention the jobs lost by young people because of this stupid greed. life guarding was a job to fund college before the communists took over.

  2. Mark says:

    As a consumate follower of your content, Pension Tsunami and Transparent California data I would like to make a recommendation. Why cant all of the identified organizations (including HJTA) pool their resources and develop a legal team to pursue and prosecute corrupt union practices such as Pacific Grove’s pension funding ballot issue and Marin County Board of Supervisors CA Gov Code 7507 a-e violations. Torrance CA has the same violations-crowd fund your legal team & you will have alot of silent majority financial support. I am so tired of persons talking. Assemble a legal team – focus on one high impact corrupt pension funding event and establish a constrained pension funding process going forward then move on to the next corrupt union pension event. Pension costs are killing us taxpayers and deprecating my children’s future. Take these corrupt unions out at the knees – I rather bet my money on a smart conservative legal lawyer team with sufficient resources to change the status quo in this state vice throwing my money against politicians that are ourgunned and outspent by corrupt unions and corrupt politicians. As stated – Torrance is another corrupt governmental entity that violated CGC 7507 in awarding AB 400 retroactive pension increases to our Safety personnel. Torrance’s Police Dept’s Annual Pension Contribution (APC) as a % of payroll is the highest out of all of the ~3100 CalPERS agencies as of 2015 contribution rates. Our AVG APC per policeman as of July 1 2018 will be over $106,000 per policeman. We will be bankrupt in 4-8YRS. Concerned citizen that can document every statement articulated.

  3. Pierre says:

    Is there any possibility to open a Go Fund type group to finance the fight to return the Public Pensions to a reasonable level.

    Just think the number of Public Pensioners who when they die leave their offspring with Milllions of Dollars at the expense of the taxpayers.

    I’ll watch “UNION WATCH” hoping for an answer to this problem

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