LA Lifeguards Make Up To $400,000/Year

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Do you like the water? Do you like helping people and want to earn close to $400,000 a year without having to work every day?

Well, we have the job for you!

According to a Forbes report, the city of Los Angeles is paying out some massive salaries to lifeguards, with the top earners bringing in up to $392,000 annually.

Those are just the top earners, but Forbes also claims that “dozens of others” are bringing home quite a bit of bacon, more than $200,000 a year.

The biggest bread winning lifeguard in Los Angeles is “acting chief lifeguard” Fernando Boiteux.

Boiteux made $391,971 with salary ($205,619), perks ($60,452) and benefits ($125,900) in 2019, this according to the story in Forbes.

It sounds like the biggest reason these Los Angeles lifeguards make so much cash is because of overtime.

The report states that 31 lifeguards in Los Angeles made between $50,000 and $131,493 in overtime over the course of the year.

Taxpayers in California may want to know (or maybe not) what they are paying each year to public employees – the report says that taxpayers paid out a whopping $45 billion overall.

All to enjoy things like fun in the sun while blowing a whistle.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Agree with the whole article… except the last sentence. Blowing a whistle in the sun? We agree, it may not be worth $400 large. But I’m ok kicking down $50K for a professional who can drag some jackball tourist from Ohio with summer community swimming pool experience out of a riptide.

  2. Not surprised. The entire state of California needs an audit. Complete, with latex gloves. (I guess that’s why everyone is moving to my state. Seems like overnight, all of the vacant lots of the last 20 years in my small town (less than 10,000) have new homes with Range Rovers, Audi’s, BMW’s, etc parked in the driveway. I even saw a Bentley.)

  3. I suppose if you can overlook having 90% of that taken away in taxes and living expenses, the widespread homeless, crime, needles and fecal matter in the streets, traffic jams…plus Hollywood predators…400K for an easy gig isn’t so bad.

  4. Orange County (just to the south) went through this a few years ago, and the headline is a little deceptive. It’s not generally the lifeguards on the beach keeping people safe that are making the big money, it’s the administrative positions (“acting chief lifeguard”), and those jobs are all about connections. It’s another great example of how the administrative state sucks up all the resources and screws regular people.

    As for the actual lifeguards, that’s not easy work. Those men and women work their asses off, and you literally have to start training for it as a child.

  5. What is also left out is some of these lifeguards are also classified as firefighters and EMTs.

    Also, if you think being a beach lifeguard is easy, its not. Aside from having to deal with saving people who can’t swim, you have to deal with morons and drunks on the sand. Plus, you typically have to compete for your job every year or every couple of years. As in literally compete by finishing in the top whatever number of positions are open in a physical test.

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