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David Hasselhoff, Baywatch & California finances

May 16, 2011

A recent article in the Orange County Register reminded Rocky of the glory days from  Baywatch , (the most-watched TV show of all time.)

The newspaper article explained that being a REAL lifeguard may be a better gig than being a TV lifeguard!

From the newspaper story: “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 article continues: “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.”

The entire story can be found here: http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/05/10/lifeguarding-in-oc-is-totally-lucrative-some-make-over-200k/44783/

[Disclosure: Although Orange County generously provides a $400 “sun protection” allowance, Rocky notes that they do not yet provide a plastic surgery allowance. Pamela Anderson wannabes should take note…]

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    May 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Lifeguards in Sarasota County used to only make around $11.00 an hour until the lifeguard corps was taken over by the fire department. Now, the full time guards make around $32,000….more if they have their EMT certification. The fire department got rid of the “Colorful” guards and replaced them with fire department wannabees. The new crew has few surfers, whereas the old lifeguard crew was all surfers. Being a lifeguard is the best gig a surfer can have.

  2. May 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Wow! Who needs to go into debt to go to college when you can have a career as a lifeguard?!

    The California guards make way more than I did during my stint as a lifeguard at the local pool. (We got minimum wage, if I remember correctly.)

    Cannot imagine, however, spending 30 yrs as guard. Would like to know if anyone ever really lasts long enough as a lifeguard to collect the pension.

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