City Locks in Lifeguard Pay Bump and Bonuses as Swim Task Force Explores Solutions

THE CITY—March 28, 2023—Newer city lifeguards are getting a permanent raise — and all public pool and beach watchers could net an attendance bonus — as the Parks Department and a new multi-agency task force hope to avoid another critical shortage this summer.

Pay for first and second-year lifeguards will be buoyed from $16.10 to $19.46 an hour, Parks officials said, in addition to a potential 3% salary boost under the tentative contract agreement with District Council 37, their union.

The change makes permanent a one-time bump last summer that was meant to attract new hires.

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