Deputy Sheriff Salary

An average Deputy Sheriff in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Deputy Sheriffs (88 percent) survey respondents are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,423 - $70,515
$30K
$42K
$71K
MEDIAN: $42,393
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$13.70 - $32.05
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $19.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,423 - $70,515  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $23,489  
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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$29,935 - $71,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$20.96 - $54.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$204.26 - $23,489  
   
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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$29,935 - $71,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 326

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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

  • Enforce all local, state, and federal laws according to procedure.
  • Conduct community outreach, education, and public assistance activities.
  • Patrol assigned areas and operate department vehicles as needed.
  • 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.

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. Deputy Sheriffs typically move into roles as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Police Officers, and those positions pay $3K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

Pay by Experience for a Deputy Sheriff has a positive trend. An entry-level Deputy Sheriff with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 282 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Deputy Sheriff with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 240 salaries. An experienced Deputy Sheriff which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 244 salaries. A Deputy Sheriff with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,767

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Deputy Sheriffs that is 94 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Deputy Sheriffs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Riverside (+61 percent), West Palm Beach (+60 percent), Rochester (+43 percent), and Denver (+41 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in Florida and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Deputy Sheriff

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲11%

National Average
$43,000

▼6%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

National Average
$43,000

INSTRUCTOR
▼2%


SWAT
▼4%

Training
▼7%

field training officer
▼10%

Law Enforcement
▼15%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 8%
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