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Deputy Sheriff Salary

Median pay for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States is around $41K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $28K to $69K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Deputy Sheriffs who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Deputy Sheriffs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,364 - $71,261
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,682
10%
50%
90%

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$13.14 - $30.20
(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
$28,364 - $71,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
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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$28,303 - $69,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $50.25  
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 - $3,036  
   
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).
)
$28,303 - $69,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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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 advance into the role of a Police Sergeant are fairly uncommon. Police Sergeants on average earn $64K per year. Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Detective or Criminal Investigators are common next-step roles for Deputy Sheriffs moving up in their careers; annual pay for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers is $4K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Detective or Criminal Investigators.

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Deputy Sheriffs who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Training, field training officer, and Law Enforcement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


For many Deputy Sheriffs, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. Deputy Sheriffs bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 34%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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 150 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%
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