Deputy Sheriff

Maintain peace and order under the Sheriff's supervision.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$47,000 – $124,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Deputy Sheriffs do?

When the Sheriff is in town, the outlaws are in trouble. But the Sheriff doesn’t steer her horse into town unaccompanied. She brings her posse with her. Of course, in today’s world, the horse has been replaced with specially equipped cars, trucks, and vans, but one thing hasn’t changed: The Sheriff still relies on her Deputy Sheriff to help keep order in the town.

As Deputy Sheriff, you basically perform all the duties of the Sheriff, except she’s the one to give the orders. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get to flex your Supervisor muscles now and then. In fact, you’re often called upon to train, oversee, and evaluate other members of your corrections team.

A day in the life of a Deputy Sheriff is a roller coaster of different activities. You could be called out to direct traffic after an automobile accident, respond to a bomb threat at the high school, or take down a citizen wielding a handgun in public. You’re also available during the annual parade, offer security for the weekly concerts in the park, and respond to robberies.

Because your position puts you in a variety of situations, you need to be able to respond quickly, think clearly, stay calm, and react appropriately to varying levels of threats. Thanks to your training, cool demeanor, decision-making skills, and willingness to take risks, the community is a safer place and criminals are held accountable for their actions.


Should I be a Deputy Sheriff?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Court Deputy, Deputy Clerk of Court

    How to become a Deputy Sheriff

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