Deputy Sheriff Salary (United States)

Annual pay for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States typically comes in around $40,775 per year. Pay starts at $27,927 and can approach $68,680 per year on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Male Deputy Sheriffs far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Deputy Sheriff Salary (?
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$28,429 - $71,210
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MEDIAN: $40,557
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Deputy Sheriff Salary (?
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$12.46 - $29.64
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,429 - $71,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$27,927 - $68,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $29.64  
   
Overtime
$17.91 - $46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$27,927 - $68,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 331
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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 who transition into Police Sergeants are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $23K per year. It is quite typical for Deputy Sheriffs to transition into roles as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Detective or Criminal Investigators, where expected earnings are an additional $4,670 or $10,275 per year.

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Job skills reported by Deputy Sheriffs are limited. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Law Enforcement.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Deputy Sheriffs, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $36K, which grow to $40K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $44K. Deputy Sheriffs experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $56K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Denver
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Houston
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San Diego
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Orlando
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National Average
$41,000
Indianapolis
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Home to some of the best pay for Deputy Sheriffs, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 79 percent above the national average. Deputy Sheriffs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+47 percent), Denver (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$41,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 30%
National Average
$41,000
Law Enforcement
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

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: 57% employee benefits None: 8%