"Base salaries for Newport Beach lifeguards range from $58,000 for the lowest-paid officer to $108,492 for the top-paid battalion chief, according to a 2010 city report on lifeguard pay. Adding in overtime, special compensation, pension, medical benefits, life insurance and other pay, two battalion chiefs cleared more than $200,000 in 2010, while the lowest-paid officer made more than $98,000.
"All lifeguards received $400 in sunscreen allowance and two cleared $28,000 apiece in overtime and night duty pay.
"Newport Beach's lifeguards can also retire at 50 with 90 percent of their salary with 30 years of service, according to state data.""You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them ... I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, ..."