Boynton firefighters getting raises; new salary ranges are set

4:25 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 Local
Boynton Beach firefighters at a gasoline tanker fire in 2010 that closed northbound Interstate 95. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Boynton Beach’s firefighters represented by a union are the latest group of city employees to be awarded raises for this year.

On Tuesday, city commissioners approved a 0.75 percent cost-of-living increase to each of the levels in their step plan.

That’ll increase a probationary firefighter’s annual salary — the lowest position in the plan — from $46,640.26 to $46,990.01, and a battalion chief on step five of five — the highest in the plan — from $102,560.55 to $103,329.86, according to city documents. Each step increase is about 2.47 percent more in pay.

The firefighters already had a contract, but wages were renegotiated.

Police officers represented by a union also have a step plan. A move up in the plan for officers, detectives and sergeants could mean a pay increase of 2 percent to 3.5 percent. Lieutenants are instead given $2,500 extra, according to city documents.

Commissioners have also approved this year: A three-year contract including a 2.75 percent raise for blue collar and white collar workers represented by a union; A 5 percent increase to City Manager Lori LaVerriere’s salary, which will bring it to $191,226 and an extra $9,202 to her retirement plan.