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Deputy Sheriff Salary

The average Deputy Sheriff in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $28K, and the higher rates verge on $70K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Deputy Sheriffs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Deputy Sheriffs who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,623 - $72,340
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$72K
MEDIAN: $40,818
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$12.64 - $29.89
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,623 - $72,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,156  
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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$28,131 - $69,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 600
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $29.89  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $48.50  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,156  
   
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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$28,131 - $69,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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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While not commonly seen, Deputy Sheriffs who transition into a Police Sergeant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Police Sergeants is $64K per year. When Deputy Sheriffs are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Detective or Criminal Investigators. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $10K, respectively.

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Typical Deputy Sheriffs report a focused set 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $36K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $41K on average. Deputy Sheriffs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Deputy Sheriffs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $56K.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 20%

National Average
$41,000

Training
up arrow 9%

Law Enforcement
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 8%