NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The lucrative world of lifeguarding has gotten a little less lucrative in one upscale California beach city.

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night voted 6-1 for a new contract that would lower pension benefits for fulltime lifeguards who have come under fire for their hefty compensation packages during tough economic times.

A public outcry emerged last month after budget negotiations revealed most earned more than $100,000 a year in total compensation. Base salaries for Newport Beach lifeguards range from $58,000 for the lowest-paid officer to $108,492 for the top-paid battalion chief, according to a 2010 city report on lifeguard pay.

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