Deputy Sheriff Salary

Median pay for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $41K per year. Compensation ranges from $29K on the lower end to $70K per year on the higher end. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Deputy Sheriffs (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Deputy Sheriffs report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,993 - $71,349
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $41,428
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90%

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$13.54 - $31.01
(Median)
$14
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,993 - $71,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
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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$29,042 - $70,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $31.01  
   
Overtime
$18.54 - $57.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
   
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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$29,042 - $70,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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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 do not often transition into Police Sergeant roles. The role averages $64K per year. A common career progression for a Deputy Sheriff is to become a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Police Officer. Compared to Deputy Sheriffs, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Deputy Sheriffs generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, SWAT, INSTRUCTOR, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like field training officer, Law Enforcement, 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 earn around $38K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. Deputy Sheriffs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%


Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

SWAT
up arrow 4%

INSTRUCTOR
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Training
up arrow 4%

Law Enforcement
up arrow 12%

field training officer
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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