See what California cities pay police, firefighters

03/03/2011 8:34 AM

04/07/2014 12:10 AM

California police officers and firefighters typically earn far more than most Californians.

California police officers made, on average, $96,400, including overtime, incentive pay and retirement payouts during 2012, according to a Bee analysis of new data from the state controller's office. Firefighters and engineers earned, on average, $120,700. Average pay for police captains across the state was $164,800; for fire captains, it was $148,200.

Use this database to see the average pay for firefighters, police officers and their supervisors in nearly every California city and county. Updated April 6, 2014 with 2012 data.

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Thanks to overtime, bonuses, allowances and retirement payouts, about 93 percent of the state's full-time local firefighters earned more than the maximum posted salary for their positions. The average maximum posted salary for firefighters and engineers in California is $85,000.

California firefighter pay distribution

Police officers tended to earn closer to their average maximum posted salary of roughly $82,000.

California police officer pay distribution

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