Average pay for California police and firefighters grew about 3 percent in 2013 as cities began hiring new recruits and relying less on overtime.
California police officers made, on average, $97,500, including overtime, incentive pay and payouts upon retirement during 2013, according to a Bee analysis of new data from the state controller's office. Firefighters and engineers earned, on average, $125,100. Average pay for police captains across the state was $166,500; for fire captains, it was $153,600.
Use this database to see the average pay for firefighters, police officers and their supervisors in nearly every California city and county. Updated February 2015 with 2013 data.
Thanks to overtime, bonuses, allowances and retirement payouts, about 94 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 $83,000.
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
Updated at 11:40 AM on 2/20/15 to correct averages for several sheriff's departments.