Deputy Sheriff Salary

Earnings for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States come in at around $42K per year on average. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,968 - $70,037
$30K
$42K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,771
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50%
90%

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$13.89 - $31.94
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $19.89
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,968 - $70,037  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $23,489  
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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$29,825 - $71,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $31.94  
   
Overtime
$20.93 - $54.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$204.26 - $23,489  
   
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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$29,825 - $71,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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

  • Enforce all local, state, and federal laws according to procedure.
  • Conduct community outreach, education, and public assistance activities.
  • Patrol assigned areas and operate department vehicles as needed.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Deputy Sheriff


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Deputy Sheriffs' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Police Sergeant. The average Police Sergeant brings home $64K per year. Typical career progression for a Deputy Sheriff involves becoming a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Police Officer, roles that pay $3K more and $6K more on average.

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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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Deputy Sheriffs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, Deputy Sheriffs see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $40K. For Deputy Sheriffs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $53K.

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Key Stats for Deputy Sheriff

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

National Average
$43,000

INSTRUCTOR
▼1%


SWAT
▼3%

Training
▼6%

field training officer
▼9%

Law Enforcement
▼15%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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