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.
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.
Police officers tended to earn closer to their average maximum posted salary of roughly $82,000.California police officer pay distribution