Firefighting in Orange County – Part One, Firefighter Pay and Benefits - California Globe (2022)

Total unfunded actuarial accrued liability was $5.7 billion, and the OCFA share of that totaled $380 million.

In June 2019 the City of Placentia, in a 3-1 council vote, decided to leave the Orange County Fire Authority and build their own fire department. The reasons for this decision, and the means to accomplish it, will be explored in greater detail in a follow up article. But the decision came down to this: a majority of members of the city council believed that they could build a fire department of equal or greater effectiveness, at an equal or lessor cost.

The consequences of this decision are significant. How Placentia manages their independent fire department could inspire other cities currently being served by OCFA to withdraw from their contracts and also build their own fire departments. Placentia’s experience may also inspire cities in Orange County that already have independent fire departments to renegotiate the terms of the collective bargaining agreements they’ve made with their firefighter unions.

The Orange County Fire Authority, or OCFA,originally served the cities ofCypress, Irvine, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda, along with unincorporated areas of Orange County. Since then, new cities have incorporated, and existing cities have decided to choose OCFA services over managing their own fire department. These additional client cities are Aliso Viejo, Buena Park, Dana Point, Garden Grove, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton,Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, andYorba Linda.

So how much does it cost to be a client of OCFA, and what drives these costs? A quick look at page 60 of theOCFA’s most recent budget documentshows that in the last three fiscal years, by far the biggest expense was salaries and employee benefits. In FY 2017/18 salaries and employee benefits consumed $357 million out of total expenditures of $418 million; 85 percent. In FY 2018/19 the budget estimate was $367 million for salaries and benefits out of total expenditures of $449 million; 82 percent. In FY 2019/20 the budget estimate was $386 million for salaries and benefits out of total expenditures of $464 million; 83 percent.

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The conclusion that can be drawn from these numbers is unambiguous. Nearly all of the costs incurred by OCFA are to pay salaries and benefits.

The remainder of this analysis will report on how an annual salaries and benefits budget of nearly $400 million translates into individual compensation profiles for the average full time firefighter employed by OCFA. These numbers are not presented with an aim to criticize these levels of compensation, but merely to provide the information, because this information is not readily available either to local elected officials or to the general public. It is uncertain, frankly, whether or not even the managing board of OCERS sees compensation profiles presented from this perspective. So here goes.

OCFA’s Average Pay and Benefits for Full-Time Employees

Using 2018 data provided by the California State Controller, it is possible to compile OCFA individual compensation averages both for categories of pay and benefits and also by department. Because detailed pay records aredownloadable by individual payees, it is also possible to isolate the full-time employees. Failure to provide averages that are limited to full-time employees has often been a source of misleading information.

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To develop representative averages that accurately represent what full-time OCFA employees make, four criteria have been employed: (1) verify that a record’s “base pay” is equal or greater than the “minimum pay for position,” (2) verify that the “base pay” is in excess of $30,000, (3) verify that the “pension benefit” field is not zero, and (3) verify that the “health dental vision benefit” field is not zero. While there are cases where full-time employees will be excluded using these criteria, especially 1 and 2, these are typically individuals who did not work a full year, making their data unrepresentative. In fact, individuals whose actual rate of pay may have exceeded the minimum may have in fact still only worked a partial year, so if anything, applying this criteria to screen individual records may still yield averages that are skewedlowerthan the actual reality. Here then are the average salaries for OCFA’s full-time employees:

As can be seen on the above chart, the largest department within OCFA is Operations, comprising 74 percent of all full-time personnel during 2018. The average pay and benefits package for these employees totaled $241,230 during 2018. As can be seen, their base pay averaged $98,876, but was augmented by “other pay” of $26,560, meaning that total pay, not taking into account the cost of benefits or overtime, averaged $125,436 for the average full-time Operations employee. On top of that, overtime averaged $59,672 per full-time employee, making their average pay before benefits $185,102.

Taking into account the cost of benefits yields some interesting discussions over what should be included, but what appears on this chart is probably the lowest calculation possible. This is because it does not take into account the cost of paying off the unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) for the pensions, only the ongoing so-called “normal” cost of the pension benefits. Also, these benefit calculations do not take into account the cost of pre-funding retirement health insurance benefits. By any normal accounting standards, the cost for any benefit that is promised in retirement must be recognized during an employee’s working years, since it is only while working that they are exchanging their labor for value – either current or future.

Not including these factors – the UAAL payment and pre-funding retirement health insurance – the average full-time OCFA Operations Dept. employee earned $56,128 in pension and health insurance benefits in 2018. This yields, again, a total pay and benefits package that averaged $241,230 during 2018. But what positions are within the OCFA Operations Department?

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The next chart shows the seven positions within the OCFA Operations Department. Three stand out as occupying the most personnel: “Fire Apparatus Engineer,” “Fire Captain,” and “Firefighter.” During 2018, nearly 97 percent of all Operations personnel were filling one of these three positions. On average the total pay and benefits in 2018 for a full time OCFA Fire Apparatus Engineer was $244,191, for a Fire Captain it was $290,021, and for a Firefighter it was $205,913.

What about the true cost of pensions?

There are several ways to evaluate what the present cost of future pensions should be, and all of them rely on not one, but an entire basket of crystal balls. There is the crystal ball that will predict how long the individual will work, and another to predict when they will retire and when they will die. Then there’s another that will predict how much they will earn each year that they’re working, and how much pension eligible pay they’ll be earning the year they retire. And then the biggest crystal ball of all will be the one that predicts how much all that money set aside for their pension will earn, year after unique year, on the investment markets of the world. It takes a lot of balls to think you know how much you’re supposed to set aside each working year to fund an individual’s future retirement.

Taking all of this into account, the actuaries hired by the Orange County Employee Retirement System (OCERS), have concluded that as of 12/31/2018, their total unfunded actuarial accrued liability was $5.7 billion, and the OCFA share of that totaled $380 million. If you pay this $380 million back at the rate of average rate of return thatOCERS claims their investments will earn each year, 7 percent, and you pay it back over 20 years, which is the term required by the Government Accounting Standards Board, that is equivalent to a payment of $36 million per year. But the question then becomes how does that stack up against the number of participants, and here is where it gets interesting.

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According to Transparent California, OCERS paid out$70 million in pensions to 981 OCFA retireesin 2018. Since years of service are disclosed per individual record, it is possible to calculate an average pension benefit of $3,357 for every year worked. The average OCFA veteran retiring after 30 years service will earn a pension of $100,711. Of course since 26 percent of OCFA employees arenotmembers of the more highly compensated Operations Dept., for that department one may surmise the average pensions after 30 years of work are measurably greater.

More to the point, how do you allocate a UAAL payment that ought to total at least $36 million per year between active employees and retirees? It is reasonable to argue that active employees should not have to have the full UAAL payment prorated onto the calculation of their true compensation, since retirees are also receiving pensions that became underfunded whentheywere employed. Taking this into account, consider the total pension eligible pay of the active OCFA employees, full and part-time, which is $118 million. If you applyhalfof the $36 million UAAL payment, $18 million, to these active employees, that equates to a UAAL overhead of 15.2 percent on top of base pay. Such a calculation would indicate that OCFA’s Operations Dept. personnel are actually making at least $15,000 more than reported, if you take the UAAL cost into account. And why wouldn’t you?

For decades, actuaries have peered into their crystal balls and delivered up predictions that were invariably too optimistic, and they still are too optimistic. Does anyone really believe that the rate-of-return in the aftermath of this overwrought, record setting bull market in stocks, bonds, and real estate, can be sustained over the next few years at a rate of 7 percent? OCERS will be lucky to break even in 2020, and that achievement will only occur in the wake of the most impetuous application of modern monetary theory in the history of the world, i.e., we just printed $3 trillion in magically materialized money. So yes, the stock market may indeed soar to new heights. In the Twittersphere, the wags are saying if you don’t believe that, you’re simply not cynical enough.

Or not. Buckle up. Five years from now, OCFA clients called upon to service their UAAL by only paying an additional $36 million per year may seem like an unbelievable bargain. Five years from now, OCFA clients may remember when the “official” UAAL for their firefighter pensions was only $380 million and marvel at how minuscule it was back in the good old days.

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Predicting the fate of OCERS, or pension systems, much less the economic fate of nations, is well beyond the scope of this discussion. What has been offered is a context in which to gauge the looming breakaway of Placentia’s fire department from OCFA. How will Placentia, and any cities that eventually may join Placentia, choose to manage firefighter pay, pensions, overtime, and staffing? In part two, what Placentia hopes to achieve will be explored in greater detail.

Providing reliable and professional public safety is a fundamental obligation of local governments. Respect for public safety employees and the challenges they face is a given. But local governments are also obligated to manage their expenses in a manner that balances the needs and wants of public employees with the financial resources of the citizens they serve.

FAQs

How much does a firefighter 1 make in California? ›

$35,252 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $50,644 is the 75th percentile.

What benefits do firefighters get in California? ›

The benefits of working as a firefighter can include dental, health insurance coverage and pension after 25 years in service. They are also eligible to receive disability payments in case of injury on the job.

What is the highest paying Fire Department in California? ›

The metropolitan areas that pay the highest salary in the firefighter profession are San Jose, San Francisco, Vallejo, Los Angeles, and Oxnard.
  • San Jose, California. $125,680.
  • San Francisco, California. $109,480.
  • Vallejo, California. $105,670.
  • Los Angeles, California. $100,230.
  • Oxnard, California. $99,260.

How much do you get paid in fire academy in California? ›

Most recruits attending the San Diego Fire-Rescue Academy are City of San Diego employees and will be paid $3,400 monthly. I've passed the EMT exam given by the State of California or the National Registry.

Where do firefighters get paid the most? ›

HERE ARE THE TOP 10 AREAS WITH THE MOST FAVORABLE DIFFERENCE IN PAY:
  1. Tacoma, Washington. Firefighter average salary: $79,290.00. ...
  2. Hialeah, Florida. Firefighter average salary: $74,750.00. ...
  3. Miami, Florida. Firefighter average salary: $74,750.00. ...
  4. Medford, Oregon. Firefighter average salary: $69,950.00. ...
  5. Elizabeth, New Jersey.
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Which state pays firefighters the most? ›

Geographic profile for Firefighters:
StateEmployment (1)Annual mean wage (2)
California27,730$ 80,990
Washington7,740$ 76,280
New York10,640$ 72,670
Colorado5,460$ 68,300
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Can firefighters collect Social Security? ›

If police and firefighter positions were not covered by a retirement system at the time an entity obtained Social Security coverage under the State's Section 218 Agreement for all positions not covered by a retirement system, the police and firefighter positions are covered for Social Security.

Why do firefighters retire so early? ›

The fire service requires a high level of physical exertion and takes a serious toll on a worker's physical abilities. As a result, many employers require fire fighters to retire as early as age 50, leaving workers

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burdened with securing expensive health insurance.

What is the average lifespan of a firefighter? ›

3. The life expectancy of a fire fighter aged 20–24 year at entry was 54.9 years, 2.7 and 2.8 years more in comparison to the German or Hamburg reference respectively. For a fire fighter aged 30–34 the advantage in life expectancy was 2.2 years compared to Hamburg and 2.4 years compared to Germany.

What is the best state to be a firefighter in? ›

Indiana is the best state in the country for firefighter/paramedic jobs, and Connecticut has the second-highest median salary in the country.
...
1. Indiana.
Total Firefighter/Paramedic Jobs:247
Average Annual Salary:$58,135
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$43,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$78,000
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How much does a Fire Captain make in California? ›

How much does a Fire Captain make in California? The average Fire Captain salary in California is $94,705 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $87,493 and $111,027.

How much do firefighters make in California with overtime? ›

That person was the second-highest paid employee in the city, according to city payroll records. A firefighter with a base salary of $129,638 made $411,606 in overtime, making that firefighter's total compensation $554,056. There were 86 employees in the fire department who made $400,000 or more in 2021.

How long is Cal Fire Academy? ›

This rigorous 219 hours of training is specifically for those seeking a seasonal firefighter job with CAL FIRE. The new 6-week format will include additional certifications, including SFT Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (LARRO), NWCG Firefighter Type 1 S-131, Portable Pumps and Water Use S-211.

What is the cut off age for firefighter in California? ›

AGE: You must be at least 18 years old to apply (no maximum age). EDUCATION: Graduation from high school OR passage of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) or General Education Development (GED) examination.

How much do Disneyland firefighters get paid? ›

The estimated salary for a firefighter is $37,344 per year in Disneyland, CA.

What percentage of firefighters get divorced? ›

In contrast, age-standardized prevalence of current divorce among female fighters (32.1%) was more than three times that for females in the general population (10.4%). Prevalence of ever divorce was substantially higher among female (40.0%) compared with male firefighters (24.4%).

What is the best city to be a firefighter in? ›

Top 50 Cities for Firefighters
RankCityTotal Jobs
1Amarillo, TX470
2Pueblo, CO250
3Leominster, MA320
4Waco, TX300
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Do firefighters get paid well? ›

As a Trainee Firefighter you'll earn a salary of £27,750 pa including London Weighting. Once fully qualified, your salary will increase to £37,032 p.a. Firefighters also receive great benefits including a pension scheme, childcare support, interest-free loans, training opportunities and a flexible working arrangement.

How much do firefighters earn per month? ›

The average salary for a firefighter is R 16 676 per month in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Which country has the best firefighter? ›

Italy's firefighters crowned the best in the world.

What age do most firefighters retire? ›

Firefighters usually are eligible to retire with pension benefits between 50 and 57 years old. Some may be forced to retire sooner due to injuries and others may choose to work longer, depending on health, the age they were first hired, and the type of pension they are entitled to.

Do I lose my CalPERS pension if I get fired? ›

Once CalPERS membership is terminated, you no longer are entitled to any CalPERS benefits, including retirement. You are eligible for a refund only if you are not entering employment with another CalPERS-covered employer. Applicable state and federal taxes will be withheld from your refund.

What do firefighters do when they get old? ›

14 jobs for retired firefighters
  • Lifeguard.
  • Camp counselor.
  • Security guard.
  • Correctional officer.
  • First aid instructor.
  • Personal trainer.
  • EMT.
  • Home inspector.
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How long does it take to become a firefighter? ›

All new firefighters are required to undergo extensive training that normally lasts between 12 and 16 weeks. Even firefighters who have been doing the job for a number of years are required to do ongoing training to ensure they're at the top of their game.

What age do the police retire? ›

The normal retirement age of the scheme is 60.

What is the number one cause of firefighter deaths? ›

According to IAFF, occupational cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters, accounting for more than 65 percent of the line-of-duty deaths added to the IAFF Fire Fighter Memorial Wall of Honor each year.

Do firefighters live a long life? ›

LIFESPAN: Research has shown the life span of firefighters is on average, 10-15 years less than non-firefighters.

What's a better job firefighter or cop? ›

Jokes aside, neither job is better than the other.

Both cops and firefighters are necessary and very important when they are needed. If there is a big fire or a serious medical emergency, the firefighter is better trained and equipped to handle it. However, if there is someone shooting, the police are who you want.

What do you call a female fireman? ›

Definition of firewoman

: a female firefighter a volunteer firewoman.

What is the busiest Fire Department in the US? ›

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Nashville fire station was named the busiest in the country by Firehouse Magazine.

Do firefighters live comfortably? ›

Yes, you can make a good living and live comfortably on a firefighter's salary, however, your lifestyle will vary based on the area you work and the overall cost of living.

How many fire stations are there in Orange County? ›

The OCFA

OCFA
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for unincorporated areas of Orange County, California as well as 25 cities within the county that contract OCFA's services.
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protects nearly 2 million residents from its 77 fire stations located throughout Orange County. The OCFA, founded in 1995, is a premier public safety agency providing superior fire protection and medical emergency services to our communities. Welcome to the Orange County Fire Authority website.

What does a LA Fire Captain make? ›

How much does a Fire Captain make in Los Angeles, CA? The average Fire Captain salary in Los Angeles, CA is $95,890 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $88,588 and $112,417.

How much does a Fire Captain make in the Bay Area? ›

Firefighter Captains make the most in San Francisco, CA at $102,791, averaging total compensation 51% greater than the US average.

How much do hotshots get paid in California? ›

How much does a Hotshot Driver make in California? As of Sep 25, 2022, the average annual pay for a Hotshot Driver in California is $64,458 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $30.99 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,239/week or $5,371/month.

How much does a hotshot firefighter make in California? ›

How much does a Wildland Firefighter make in California? As of Sep 23, 2022, the average annual pay for a Wildland Firefighter in California is $31,413 a year.

What is firefighter overtime? ›

In a 28 day pay period, firefighters would work a total of 10 twenty four hour shifts totaling of 240 hours. The overtime threshold for a 28 day cycle is 212 hours. 240 minus 212 equal 28 hours resulting in 14 hours overtime per bi-weekly period.

Is Cal Fire a good job? ›

74% of CAL Fire employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated CAL Fire 2.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

Is Cal Fire seasonal? ›

Fire Fighter I is a seasonal, temporary classification. A Fire Fighter I is usually hired in April, May or June, and the length of employment may be up to nine months, depending on the duration and intensity of the fire season. Being a Fire Fighter I can lead to a permanent career with CAL FIRE.

How do you prepare for the fire academy physically? ›

FITNESS DEMANDS

Morning PT – Pull Ups, Push Ups, Sit Ups, Dips, and other bodyweight calisthenics, as well as unloaded running at a threshold to moderate pace. Fire Grounds Training – Multiple hours in turn out gear conducting fire suppression, ladder, rescue, emergency egress, and other drills.

Who makes more money a cop or firefighter? ›

The BLS May 2019 salary data showed an average police officer wage of $67,600, with most wages ranging from $36,960 to $105,230. The BLS data listed a lower $54,650 average firefighter salary in the U.S. with most making between $25,550 and $90,020.

How much is fire academy in California? ›

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COST BREAKDOWN FOR ACADEMYCOST
Unit Cost: 20 units @ $46/unit$920.00
Student Health Fees:$21.00
Student Fee:$10.00
Materials Fee: State Fire Training Certifications$675.00
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Can I join the fire service at 40? ›

Eligibility checklist. Are you...? Over 17 and a half years old on the date you apply? (There's no upper age limit.)

How do I become a firefighter in Orange County? ›

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Possess a high school diploma.
  3. No experience required.
  4. Licenses & Certifications: (position requirements at application)
  5. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification in the State of California and/or EMT National Registry certification.

How much do Orange County fire captains make? ›

The average salary for a fire captain in Orange County, CA is $206,500 per year. Fire captain salaries in Orange County, CA can vary between $154,000 to $264,500 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

Does Disneyland have a fire dept? ›

Today the Walt Disney Studios Fire Department, launched in 1989, is like any other around the country — it has its own station, its own fire engine, and 15 firefighters.

Do firefighters get paid well? ›

As a Trainee Firefighter you'll earn a salary of £27,750 pa including London Weighting. Once fully qualified, your salary will increase to £37,032 p.a. Firefighters also receive great benefits including a pension scheme, childcare support, interest-free loans, training opportunities and a flexible working arrangement.

How much do LA firefighters get paid? ›

Earn what you deserve. Other firefighters track salary trends in Mint, you should too. What is the average salary for a firefighter in Los Angeles County, CA? The average salary for a firefighter in Los Angeles County, CA is $92,500 per year.

How much does a fire captain make in California? ›

How much does a Fire Captain make in California? The average Fire Captain salary in California is $94,705 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $87,493 and $111,027.

How much do Emts make an hour in California? ›

How much does an EMT make in California? As of Sep 24, 2022, the average annual pay for an EMT in California is $37,661 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $18.11 an hour. This is the equivalent of $724/week or $3,138/month.

Do firefighters live comfortably? ›

Yes, you can make a good living and live comfortably on a firefighter's salary, however, your lifestyle will vary based on the area you work and the overall cost of living.

How can firefighters make extra money? ›

What are Good Side Jobs for Firefighters?
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  2. Carpentry. Carpentry is another option for a side job if you already have the experience and the necessary tools. ...
  3. Bartending. ...
  4. Landscaping. ...
  5. Real Estate Agent. ...
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How long are you a trainee firefighter? ›

What firefighter training is involved? All new firefighters are required to undergo extensive training that normally lasts between 12 and 16 weeks. Even firefighters who have been doing the job for a number of years are required to do ongoing training to ensure they're at the top of their game.

How much do firefighters make in California with overtime? ›

That person was the second-highest paid employee in the city, according to city payroll records. A firefighter with a base salary of $129,638 made $411,606 in overtime, making that firefighter's total compensation $554,056. There were 86 employees in the fire department who made $400,000 or more in 2021.

How much do Lafd make an hour? ›

The average Los Angeles Fire Department hourly pay ranges from approximately $37 per hour for a Firefighter to $37 per hour for a Firefighter.

How long is the LAFD Academy? ›

The LAFD

LAFD
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD or LA City Fire) provides emergency medical services, fire cause determination, fire prevention, fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation, and rescue services to the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.
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takes tremendous pride in training some of the finest firefighters in the world. During your 18 weeks in the Training Academy, you will be required to demonstrate sufficient strength and stamina to accomplish entry-level Firefighter tasks.

How many fire stations are there in Orange County? ›

The OCFA

OCFA
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for unincorporated areas of Orange County, California as well as 25 cities within the county that contract OCFA's services.
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protects nearly 2 million residents from its 77 fire stations located throughout Orange County. The OCFA, founded in 1995, is a premier public safety agency providing superior fire protection and medical emergency services to our communities. Welcome to the Orange County Fire Authority website.

How much does a Fire Captain make in the Bay Area? ›

Firefighter Captains make the most in San Francisco, CA at $102,791, averaging total compensation 51% greater than the US average.

How much do LA fire captains make? ›

The salaries of Firefighter Captains in Los Angeles, CA range from $17,606 to $261,891 , with a median salary of $63,229 . The middle 57% of Firefighter Captains makes between $63,249 and $129,137, with the top 86% making $261,891.

How much do cops get paid in California? ›

How much does a Police Officer make in California? The average Police Officer salary in California is $68,400 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $63,900 and $74,500.

What state do EMTs make the most? ›

Highest-Paid Emergency Medical Technicians By State
RankStateAverage Emergency Medical Technician Salary
1New Jersey$54,185
2Connecticut$53,789
3Massachusetts$51,591
4New York$51,505
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How much do ambulance drivers make in California? ›

How much does an Ambulance Driver make in California? The average Ambulance Driver salary in California is $37,425 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $35,971 and $41,253.

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