Crunching the Numbers Behind SF Public Employees' Bonuses

In our cover story this week, we explore the little-publicized form of compensation known as “premium pay” — a vast range of bonuses available to government employees for performing certain types of work, many of which are in their job descriptions.

Categories of premium pay include bonuses for firefighter-EMTs — even though all San Francisco Fire Department employees are required to hold EMT certification as a condition of their employment — and bonuses for engineers who hold emergency-response licenses required by the Public Utilities Commission.

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