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Deputy Sheriff Salary (United States)

Annual pay for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States typically comes in around $41K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $28K, and the higher rates verge on $69K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. The vast majority (86 percent) of Deputy Sheriffs are male. Job satisfaction for Deputy Sheriffs is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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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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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Though some Deputy Sheriffs move into positions like Police Sergeant (where the average salary is $63K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Deputy Sheriff is to become a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Detective or Criminal Investigator. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Deputy Sheriffs typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Law Enforcement.

Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Deputy Sheriffs with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Deputy Sheriffs make a median salary of $44K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $56K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a little more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-sixth.

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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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Deputy Sheriffs, 79 percent above the national average. Chicago, Denver, Houston, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Deputy Sheriffs. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 47 percent, 23 percent, 22 percent, and 14 percent more, respectively. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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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%