Deputy Sheriff Salary

Deputy Sheriffs in the United States pull down an average of $41K per year. Earnings generally vary between $29K and $69K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Deputy Sheriffs are male. Job satisfaction for Deputy Sheriffs is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,762 - $71,094

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$13.20 - $30.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,762 - $71,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
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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$28,633 - $69,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 678
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $30.31  
   
Overtime
$17.61 - $55.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
   
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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$28,633 - $69,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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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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Deputy Sheriffs sometimes assume positions such as Police Sergeants. That role pays $64K per year on average. A common career progression for a Deputy Sheriff is to become a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Detective or Criminal Investigator. Compared to Deputy Sheriffs, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Deputy Sheriffs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, SWAT, Training, and field training officer are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Law Enforcement and field training officer.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

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


Deputy Sheriffs with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $37K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $54K.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

SWAT
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Training
up arrow 2%

Law Enforcement
up arrow 11%

field training officer
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%
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