Deputy Sheriff Salary (United States)

Deputy Sheriffs in the United States usually make around $40,775 per year. Pay generally spreads from $27,927 to $68,680 per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. The vast majority of Deputy Sheriffs (86 percent) are men. For the most part, Deputy Sheriffs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly seen, Deputy Sheriffs who transition into a Police Sergeant position may earn an additional $23K per year. Deputy Sheriffs can earn $4,670 or $10,275 more per year when they move into roles as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Detective or Criminal Investigators, a common transition for those in the field.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Deputy Sheriffs. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $36K climbs to $40K. Earnings total $44K after one to two decades. Wages continue to improve for Deputy Sheriffs after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $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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Deputy Sheriffs will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 79 percent. Other big spenders include Chicago, Denver, Houston, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Deputy Sheriffs see paychecks higher than average (+47 percent, +23 percent, +22 percent, and +14 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent.

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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
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National Average
$41,000
Law Enforcement
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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