Deputy Sheriff Salary

An average Deputy Sheriff in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K annually. Pay ranges from $29K on the low end to $69K per year on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Deputy Sheriffs (87 percent) who took the survey. Work is enjoyable for Deputy Sheriffs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,684 - $70,810
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,845
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$13.12 - $30.27
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,684 - $70,810  
   
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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$28,519 - $69,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $30.27  
   
Overtime
$17.72 - $54.81  
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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$28,519 - $69,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Police Sergeant, where median compensation is $64K annually. 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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Professional skills reported by Deputy Sheriffs are few in number. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, SWAT, Training, and field training officer are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $37K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. Deputy Sheriffs see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Deputy Sheriff generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 16%

SWAT
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Training
up arrow 1%

field training officer
up arrow 10%

Law Enforcement
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%
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