By comparison, we divided the 11,166 district officers into the three main areas, which represent only the nature of their mission and bargaining units. These are the sheriff`s offices, Fire/Rescue County (which has its own MSTU) and the rest of the staff, including those reporting to Administrator Weisman, as well as those who work for public servants, with the exception of PBSO. With a little programming and the magic of SQL, this data was used to extract average salary data for the three groups and then refine it into separate averages for „Management“ and „Personal.“ The equivalent for 2011 was then achieved by advancing the average fire protection by using the contractual amount of the increase in the collective agreement and with a value of 2.5% for the other groups. Combined with the „compensation data,“ we get the following diagram: „A lot of people have told us that it will probably weaken the discussion,“ said Scheibl, who participated in the last round of negotiations. It was one of the first times a resident showed up for the firefighters union`s round of negotiations, district officials said. Jupiter residents who have another agreement with the county have a separate property tax rate of $2.25 per $1,000 of taxable value, and district administrators have proposed to reduce it from $2.25 this year to $2.16 for every taxable value of $1,000. Pension benefits are another matter. As defined benefit plans go, payments for those in the „regular class“ frs plans are good, but not excessively. Of course, it`s generous to have only a DB plan – only 21% of jobs in the private sector are so blessed, according to the Cato Institute. Pensions are extremely generous for those in „special risk classes,“ such as sworn positions, both in fire rescue and in the PBSO. In a future article, we will study the financing assumptions behind these pensions and see what they suggest about future financial risks to the county. By comparison, the average salary of a firefighter in Florida is $50,010, according to the National Bureau of Laboratory Statistics. That`s less than the $52,119 parole money for a Palm Beach County firefighter.

I am not opposed to our public servants being paid a good salary. But it`s not just a good pay. It`s an incredible salary. It`s shocking, it`s shameful. It is even insulting to see these salaries increase at our expense (for let us not forget: WE PAYONS FOR CES SALARIES) so much higher than even national averages, when most of our Community base is faced with the devastating effects of the stricken economy. Faced with these points, we added to the study a section directly comparing the titles sworn in Fire/Rescue to those of PBSO. In these assumptions, the difference is not so strong, but the salaries in F/R remain 5 to 7% higher than for PBSO, on average. Of the county`s $350 million bailout budget, approximately $224 million, or 65 per cent, is spent on wages and benefits. For comparisons, total compensation is based on the 2011 budget.

Direct gross wage ratios are based on 2009 data from the Sun Sentinel database and the 2009 BLS study. In West Palm Beach, the highest paid firefighters earned almost as much as those who worked for the county. City payrolls show that the department`s 200 employees received an average of $86,900 in gross salary for fiscal 2010. 61 employees, or about 31 percent, earned more than $100,000, according to records.