Salary for Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Also known as:  Border Guard, Border Patrol Officer, Constable, Cop, Deputy Sheriff, Highway Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Police, Mounted Police, Park Police, Patrol Officer helps law and public safety professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs are charged with the responsibility of patrolling and protecting designated rural areas as well as land that is considered unincorporated with townships and cities. Duties in this professional post include issuing citations and arrests for violations of state and federal laws. Patrolling specific areas by vehicle or on foot and keeping records of daily activities that are passed onto the proper law enforcement officers and agencies. Individuals in this field are detail-oriented professionals who have an extensive working knowledge of the law and public safety issues. Additionally, they must be willing to work flexibly between a police station, court house and patrol fields on a daily basis. An associate's degree or vocational school degree along with extensive on-the-job training are required for employment in this professional field.

A Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff receives a wage somewhere between 32000 - 48000 based on seniority. Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs will normally receive an average pay level of Forty Eight Thousand Four Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs receive the highest pay in California, where they can earn pay levels, on average, of about $78690. People in this category of job can obtain the highest pay in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they get average compensation of $55880.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 4.61 percent nationwide in that time.
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $55,880
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,380
Transportation and Warehousing $52,170
Educational Services $45,910
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $45,910
Transportation and Warehousing $52,170
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,380
Public Administration $55,880
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