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Deputy Sheriff Salary

Earnings for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States come in at around $41K per year on average. Compensation ranges between $28K and $69K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Deputy Sheriffs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority of Deputy Sheriffs (87 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,379 - $71,208
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,696
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90%

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$13.18 - $30.31
(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
$28,379 - $71,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
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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$28,321 - $69,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $30.31  
   
Overtime
$17.80 - $50.51  
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 - $3,020  
   
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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$28,321 - $69,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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It's not very common for Deputy Sheriffs to move on to become Police Sergeants. Average pay for a Police Sergeant is $64K annually. Typical career progression for a Deputy Sheriff involves becoming a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Detective or Criminal Investigator, roles that pay $4K more and $10K more on average.

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Deputy Sheriffs who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Law Enforcement, field training officer, and Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Deputy Sheriffs. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. Deputy Sheriffs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Deputy Sheriffs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $55K.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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%

field training officer
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 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
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%
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