News Release: Encinitas Approves New Contract with Encinitas Firefighters' Association

At its March 21, 2018 meeting, the Encinitas City Council approved a new four-year contract with the Encinitas Firefighters’ Association.  This replaces the previous contract which expired on December 31, 2017.

Most Encinitas firefighters (those hired before January 1, 2013) will soon see the amount they pay towards retirement increase from 9.0% to 12.0%.  By January 1, 2020, those firefighters will begin paying 3.0% of the City’s required share CalPERS retirement contribution. The additional amount will be phased in over the next three years, with the first 1.5% increase effective March 16, 2018. This is a significant shift from 2012 when the City was paying not only the City’s required contribution but also the employee’s 9.0% share.

Firefighters hired on or after January 1, 2013 currently contribute 12.25% of their pay towards retirement.  The amount these firefighters pay is governed by the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act. 

The previous two-year contract did not provide firefighters a cost of living adjustment or wage increase.  The new four-year contract gives Firefighters’ base wage increases, when adjusted for the sharing of the City’s retirement cost, equals 2.0% each year. The table below is a schedule of the base pay increases and additional retirement cost sharing.  

Effective Date

Base Pay Increase

Cost Sharing Increase

Net Increase

March 16 ,2018*




January 1, 2019




January 1, 2020




January 1, 2021




* Fire Engineers also  receive an additional 1% on March 16, 2018 to help keep Encinitas’ salaries competitive in this classification.  


The new contract includes operational and other changes such as requiring an associate’s degree to promote to Fire Captain (effective January 1, 2020), revised educational and certification incentives and a reopener in the event of changes in health care laws that may impose penalties or taxes on the City.