Deputy Sheriff Salary

For Deputy Sheriffs, yearly average wages total $41K annually. Pay ranges from $29K on the low end to $70K per year on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Deputy Sheriffs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Deputy Sheriffs far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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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Though some Deputy Sheriffs move into positions like Police Sergeant (where the average salary is $64K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Deputy Sheriffs to transition into roles as Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers or Police Officers, where reported median earnings are $4K and $6K higher 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.


Deputy Sheriffs with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $38K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $41K. Deputy Sheriffs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Deputy Sheriffs who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $57K.

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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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