I took a look at some of Fremont’s employee contracts going back through the years. One thing to note: Fremont uses several cities as a benchmark to determine if police and firefighters are being adequately compensated.
Fremont looks to pay an average of the top five cities in the group. All of the benchmark cities are in the immediate Bay Area except one. That one would also be the only one to have gone bankrupt: Vallejo.
It’s been 16 years since public safety officers went without a raise. During this time, their salaries have outpaced inflation. And their pension benefits have become much more generous. More on that later.
In 1994, a starting Fremont firefighter made 3,144 a month or $37,728
This year, firefighter starts out at just over $6,365 per month or $76,384
In 1994, a rookie cop made a base salary of $3,686 per month or $44,232
This year, a rookie cop starts out at just over $6,742 per month or $80,906 per year