In more apples to apples comparisons I was sent a spreadsheet with a list of monthly salaries for various cities in the Bay Area and their Fire Departments. This information was updated in 2010 and was confirmed by the City’s HR Departments.
So for a bit of a change, I thought I would do a bar graph which would give a more visual comparison. Some of the cities are much larger than Alameda (Berkeley), some are about the same (Redwood City), and some are a bit smaller (Woodside).
According to the Base Monthly Salary alone, Alameda falls into middleish in comparison to the other cities.
But below is another graph which shows the same set of cities, but includes the total take home which includes holiday pay, education incentive, insurance, uniform costs, etc. If you add in all the little extras, the compensation for Alameda Firefighters ends up on the lower end.