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What does a Deputy Sheriff do?

Deputy sheriffs are responsible for enforcing either local, state or federal laws at a county level. They work in crime prevention as well as intervening when a crime has been committed by arresting and detaining perpetrators and investigating the circumstances of the illegal acts.


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Working as a Deputy Sheriff

  • Patrolling areas within their jurisdiction
  • Working with the public to educate them and help them to avoid being the victims of crime
  • Dealing directly with criminals including making arrests and taking statements
  • Performing a range of duties pertaining to the detention and care of prisoners at the county jail
  • Preparing court papers and testifying in court
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How much does a Deputy Sheriff make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $59,810
Low $41,976
High $85,221
Non-cash benefit
Dental insurance
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The average salary for a deputy sheriff is $59,810 per year in the United States. 1.1k salaries reported, updated at September 17, 2023

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Common questions about for a Deputy Sheriff

Are there any physical requirements to become a deputy sheriff?

The deputy sheriff job is incredibly physical. Deputy sheriffs need to be reasonably fit and healthy in order to fulfill their duties. Most counties require deputy sheriffs to be able to pass a physical test before they can fulfill a role.

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What is the difference between a deputy sheriff and a sheriff?

Sheriffs are normally elected into their post and lead the sheriff’s department. Deputy sheriffs are hired into their roles and perform similar duties to the sheriff.

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What is the difference between a deputy sheriff and a police officer?

Deputy sheriffs and police officers both serve as law enforcement officials. Police officers support residents within their jurisdiction and deputy sheriffs are responsible for their county, which can include multiple towns and cities.

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