The Orange County Register has a blog post and Americans for Prosperity has a video on the compensation of government beach lifeguards in Newport Beach, California.
Highlights: "the top-paid Lifeguard, with benefits, received more than $210,000. The next highest paid Lifeguard, with benefits, $203,481.76... The average salary, with benefits, for those 14 Lifeguards, was $154,857.95. And that includes $400 each a year for sun screen…" And, according to the video, they can retire at age 50 with a pension and government-paid health insurance.