L.A. City Paid out $378 Mil in Overtime Last Year

That's a $70 million increase over 2012, said Controller Ron Galperin.

Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin says the city paid $378 million in overtime last year. Photo courtesy the city of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin says the city paid $378 million in overtime last year. Photo courtesy the city of Los Angeles.

City employees were collectively paid $377.59 million in overtime in 2013, a $70 million increase from the previous year, the city controller said today.

Controller Ron Galperin updated his ControlPanelLA website with breakdowns that show overtime pay, bonuses, healthcare and other extra compensation paid to or on behalf the city's 57,379 employees.

Firefighters collected the most overtime, about 38 percent of the total, or $141.92 million, in 2013. That averages out to $42,865 for every sworn employee.

Department of Water and Power collected the second-most overtime, totaling $129.02 million. That averages $12,544 for every DWP employee.

The airport, police and transportation department employees were the other top groups in terms of overtime pay.

City wages, including overtime, were $4.5 billion in 2013.

Galperin said city officials should look into how "hiring freezes" have affected overtime pay.

"The city is a 24-hour operation, so overtime is a part of doing business, but better fiscal management means taking a look at our policies, our deployments and our hiring practices to identify cost-saving opportunities and ensure that Angelenos are getting the best value for their tax dollars," he said.

Following an end to the hiring freeze, City Council directed city staffers to speed up the hiring of firefighters earlier this month.

The latest information from the ControlPanelLA database includes financial data about Los Angeles Police Department top vendors, which include the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, Los Angeles County and GlobalOptions Inc., which manages risk and liability claims for police.

--City News Service

Robert Guevara February 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Unfortunately, it might be that it ends up less expensive to pay more to current LAFD employees than to just increase the size of the department since each employee carries the other costs in terms of benefits- add in the health ins., retirement obligations and other "per city employee" cost besides the basic pay for hours/salary. If we could hire outside help (and with union contracts, even more costs likely for that to happen), then you might have a savings. In private sector, temps that are used can be a tidy expense, all up front. No retirement or other obligations when job is done. For adding city staffing, more expense created and using the existing people at overtime rates still may work out less expensive, especially considering the growing size of pension obligations that are unfunded, a condition that politicians allowed to happen and a condition that the politicians do not mention when speaking of budgets being balanced or there being "surpluses" that, for example, are claimed to justify state employee raises while still so many other obligations are festering.
Scott Zwartz March 01, 2014 at 03:24 PM
Higher costs are generally the result of Union Bashing. Garcetti cut $200 Million from the paramedics and firefighters budget -- with fewer paramedics, more are forced into over time. All the shlubs who complain about paramedics and firefighters getting overtime, why don't you sign up for waving your right to a paramedic or firefighter if that will incur overtime. After all, keeping the paramedics pay down is more important than saving your kid from drowning.
Fernando lopez March 01, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Well said Scott
Ted J March 01, 2014 at 09:03 PM
I repeat!!!!The uaual life of a firefighter is as follows: 1.Sleep 2. Go to Ralphs 3. Prepare meals 4. Watch TV 5 Read the paper 6.Back to Sleep
Fernando lopez March 01, 2014 at 09:29 PM
I hope you refrain from calling 911 when you have an emergency


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