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Newport Beach Lifeguards Make Serious Dinero

Updated on May 21, 2011

The word, lifeguard, denotes a special image of a teenager, bronzed by the sun, cool looking with the shades, bleached blond hair, and in sexy, physical shape. Adults sitting on the beach usually think the kids are making $15 hr, what a nice way to work in summer months. Seldom does anything happen and flirting with the opposite sex is more common than drowning.

The very large beaches in the Los Angeles and San Diego area, such as Newport and Manhattan Beach, that kiss the shoreline for miles, have lifeguard crews to defend against tragedy. They make serious money. They are adults.

A RN in most hospitals will easily earn $40-70 hr, or $5,000-8,000 a month, depending on location and experience. Doctors working for hospitals, like Kaiser, earn in excess of $100,000 with little trouble. Software engineers can easily earn the same amount. Even technical writers, who create manuals and other written material easily make $60-75,000 a year.

In Newport Beach, California, lifeguards earn the same amount that nurses and doctors do. The 13 person lifeguard crew there is well paid, in fact, two of its members have earned $200,000 when overtime pay is included! Even the base salary is $58,000 for the lowest member to a battalion chief, who earns $108,000. Nice for kicking back in the sun and watching waves. Lifeguards there also received a $400 allowance for sunglasses. Newport Beach does have a small army of seasonal guards making between $16-22 hr. But these are not members of the full-time 13 member crew making the previous notes salaries. These guards watch over seven miles of beach.


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      7 years ago

      I certainly had the wrong job....

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      7 years ago

      perrya, I am originally from Los Angeles and I am quite familiar with most of the beaches in southern California. And so far as the great salaries the lifeguards you mentioned are making, I do not begrudge them for that at all. They deserve it because nearly on a daily basis, they have to deal with quite a number of life-or-death challenges.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      They are city employees.

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      7 years ago

      It must be something like Baywatch....remember that show. I had no idea they make that kind of money.


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