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Deputy Sheriff Salary

Earnings for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States come in at around $41K per year on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $28K and $69K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Deputy Sheriffs (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,348 - $71,052
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,692
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50%
90%

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$13.07 - $30.20
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,348 - $71,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,254 - $69,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$17.91 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$28,254 - $69,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359

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Job Description for Deputy Sheriff

Under the supervision of the sheriff’s office, the deputy sheriff assists in the enforcement of all state and local laws that ensure public safety. Depending on the individual reporting structure of each sheriff’s office, the deputy sheriff is likely to report to a sergeant or lieutenant in the office.The deputy sheriff is required to use sound and independent decision-making skills throughout the day. Situations that require these skills are sometimes dangerous, and the deputy sheriff must maintain the ability to solve problems under pressure.

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Deputy Sheriff Tasks

  • Perform various physical feats to aid in the capture and arrest of suspects and known criminals.
  • Investigate all reports, accidents, criminal activity, and emergency situations.
  • Patrol assigned areas and operate department vehicles as needed.
  • Enforce all local, state, and federal laws according to procedure.
  • Conduct community outreach, education, and public assistance activities.

Common Career Paths for Deputy Sheriff


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Though it's uncommon, some Deputy Sheriffs move into roles as Police Sergeants, where pay is an average $64K per year. Deputy Sheriffs most often move into positions as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Detective or Criminal Investigators; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Deputy Sheriffs note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Law Enforcement and Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. For Deputy Sheriffs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Deputy Sheriffs who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $56K.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 20%

National Average
$41,000

Training
up arrow 5%

Law Enforcement
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%