You may think that making six figures with a career as a lifeguard is preposterous. Well, there's some bronzed, people-savers in California that are laughing all the way to the bank.

If you've been spending your summers at area pools, you might want to check into extending your lifesaving skills, and the destination to wind up at some point sounds like California.

Some of top lifeguards that keep eye on the beaches in sunny California are making outstanding money. According to Forbes.com the top paid lifeguard in the Golden State brings home almost $400,000 a year. Yeah, almost 400K for being a lifeguard!

OpenTheBooks.com displayed the figures and they are mind-blowing! The the most highly paid lifeguard in Los Angels County is Fernando Boiteux. According to he report his salary in 2019 was $391,971. As the "Acting Chief Lifeguard", he earned his total salary with $125,900 in benefits, $60,452 in perks, and $140,70s in base pay.

Second on the list is Captain Daniel Douglas with a measly total compensation of $368,668.

In the story OpenThe Books.com states:

Seven lifeguards made more than $300,000 and 82 lifeguards had total earnings that exceed $200,000 in 2019, the latest year available.

The website goes on to say, "Only two of the top-twenty high-earners were women: Virginia Rupe ($281,000), a captain, and Christine Linkletter ($279,980), a section chief."

So you may think that going through the hot, muggy summers isn't anything you want to continue after a few years, but you may want to think twice of what this position could do for you financially...at least if you wind up in California!

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