Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
SOC: 33-3051.03


Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
680,000 employed

Projected (2024):
714,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Canine Deputy (K-9 Deputy)
  • Chief Deputy Sheriff
  • Civil Division Deputy Sheriff
  • Civil Process Server
  • Corporal-Road Deputy with Sheriff Department
  • County Sheriff
  • Deputy
  • Deputy (Patrol)
  • Deputy K-9
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Deputy Sheriff (Generalist)-Bailiff
  • Deputy Sheriff Generalist
  • Deputy Sheriff Generalist/Bailiff
  • Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant
  • Deputy Sheriff, Building Guard
  • Deputy Sheriff-Custody
  • Deputy Sheriff-K9 Handler
  • Deputy Sheriff/Investigator
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer (DARE Officer)
  • Grand Jury Deputy Sheriff
  • K-9 Handler/ Deputy
  • K9 Handler
  • Lieutenant/Deputy
  • Master Deputy Sheriff-Court Security
  • Patrol Deputy Sheriff
  • Patrol Sergeant, Sheriff's Office
  • Patrol Supervisor
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Sheriff Officer
  • Sheriff's Detective
  • Sheriff's Officer
  • Sheriff's Sergeant
  • Sheriffs Detective
  • Sheriffs Officer
  • Special Deputy Sheriff
  • Supervising Deputy
  • Under Sheriff

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Drive vehicles or patrol specific areas to detect law violators, issue citations, and make arrests.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Verify that the proper legal charges have been made against law offenders.
  • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
  • Patrol and guard courthouses, grand jury rooms, or assigned areas to provide security, enforce laws, maintain order, and arrest violators.
  • Notify patrol units to take violators into custody or to provide needed assistance or medical aid.
  • Place people in protective custody.
  • Take control of accident scenes to maintain traffic flow, to assist accident victims, and to investigate causes.
  • Serve statements of claims, subpoenas, summonses, jury summonses, orders to pay alimony, and other court orders.
  • Question individuals entering secured areas to determine their business, directing and rerouting individuals as necessary.
  • Transport or escort prisoners and defendants en route to courtrooms, prisons or jails, attorneys' offices, or medical facilities.
  • Locate and confiscate real or personal property, as directed by court order.
  • Manage jail operations and tend to jail inmates.
  • Supervise law enforcement staff, such as jail staff, officers, and deputy sheriffs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Audio recording equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Biohazard suits
  • Blood collection kits
  • Body armor
  • Breathalyzers
  • Bulletproof vests
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields
  • Crime scene rulers
  • Crime scene tape measures
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital voice recorders
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Drug testing kits
  • Explosive detectors
  • Filter masks
  • Fingerprint evidence kits
  • First aid kits
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Handguns
  • Hearing protectors
  • Impression casting kits
  • Laptop computers
  • Metal detectors
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Mobile data computers
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Nightsticks
  • Pepper spray
  • Personal computers
  • Plastic handcuffs
  • Police boats
  • Police motorcycles
  • Police patrol cars
  • Police rifles
  • Police shotguns
  • Police snowmobiles
  • Protective gloves
  • Radar speed readers
  • Riot helmets
  • Riot shields
  • Road flares
  • Safety glasses
  • Semiautomatic pistols
  • Service revolvers
  • Side-handle batons
  • Snow goggles
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Suspect fingerprinting equipment
  • Teletype terminals
  • Tire deflation devices
  • Two way radios
  • Ultraviolet UV lights
  • X ray examination systems
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Crime mapping software
  • Database software
  • DesignWare 3D EyeWitness
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Law enforcement information databases
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN
  • SmartDraw Legal
  • The CAD Zone The Crime Zone
  • Web browser software

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610