Deputy Sheriff Salary
|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).)
|$29,935 - $71,640|
|Hourly Rate||$13.70 - $32.05|
|Overtime||$20.96 - $54.46|
|Bonus||$204.26 - $23,489|
|Total Pay (||$29,935 - $71,640|
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.Read More...
Many of the duties of a deputy sheriff involve riding in a patrol car to observe and respond to criminal activity or dangerous situations. While in the patrol car, the deputy sheriff additionally responds to calls that relate to the safety and welfare of the public, investigates public complaints, enforces applicable laws, and provides visual evidence of a law enforcement presence. Additionally, the deputy sheriff is responsible for protecting the public in the event that county or private property presents a danger to the public. For example, the deputy sheriff might direct traffic when a traffic signal is not working, or guide traffic around the site of an auto accident.
In the event of a crime, the deputy sheriff is responsible for interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, and conducting general operations of the investigation. This includes serving official documentation such as warrants, subpoenas and summons, as well as acting as a witness in court.
The deputy sheriff position generally requires U.S. citizenship and a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants for the position must be at least 21 years old in most jurisdictions, and former members of the armed services must have been discharged honorably. Applicants must not have a history of felony convictions.
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
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.
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
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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