Pay for Deputy Sheriffs in the United States sits in the ballpark of $42K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men account for the majority of Deputy Sheriffs who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. The majority of Deputy Sheriffs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,570 - $70,399
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,539
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$14.04 - $32.06
(Median)
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,570 - $70,399  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $23,270  
Total Pay (?
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$29,701 - $71,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $32.06  
   
Overtime
$19.79 - $54.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $23,270  
   
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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$29,701 - $71,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Police Sergeant, where median compensation is $64K annually. The most common next step for a Deputy Sheriff is to become a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer or a Police Officer. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deputy Sheriff

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Deputy Sheriffs, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $38K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $55K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Deputy Sheriff Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%


Skills That Affect Deputy Sheriff Salaries

National Average
$43,000

INSTRUCTOR
up arrow 3%

SWAT
up arrow 3%

Training
up arrow 6%


field training officer
up arrow 9%

Law Enforcement
up arrow 15%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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