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How much does a Sheriff make in the United States?

Average Sheriff Hourly Wage in the United States

Sheriffs earn a median hourly wage of $28.04. Hourly wages typically start from $16.07 and go up to $46.21.

Average Sheriff Yearly Salary in the United States

Sheriffs earn a median salary of $58,320 per year. Salaries typically start from $33,430 and go up to $96,110.

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Sheriff Earnings by Seniority

Top End Sheriff Earnings

The highest earning Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$46.21
an hour
$96,110
per year
Senior Sheriff Earnings

Senior Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$36.62
an hour
$76,160
per year
Experienced Sheriff Earnings

Experienced Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$28.04
an hour
$58,320
per year
Junior Sheriff Earnings

Junior Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$20.63
an hour
$42,910
per year
Starting Sheriff Earnings

Starting Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$16.07
an hour
$33,430
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Sheriff salary comparison

Sheriffs earn more than 54% percent of Law careers. Sheriff salaries are in the top 61% of all careers in the United States.

Judge Salary $126k
Compliance Manager Salary $105k
Customs Inspector Salary $79k
Arbitrator Salary $60k
Sheriff Salary $58k
Police Officer Salary $58k
Fish And Game Warden Salary $52k
Judicial Law Clerk Salary $50k
Probation Officer Salary $49k
Legal Secretary Salary $43k
Correctional Officer Salary $40k
Legislator Salary $20k

Historical salary for Sheriffs in the United States

Sheriff salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Sheriff Salary in California $45.62 $94,890 # 1
Sheriff Salary in New Jersey $45.00 $93,590 # 2
Sheriff Salary in Alaska $37.45 $77,900 # 3
Sheriff Salary in Washington $36.03 $74,950 # 4
Sheriff Salary in District of Columbia $34.04 $70,790 # 5
Sheriff Salary in Nevada $34.62 $72,010 # 6
Sheriff Salary in Illinois $35.17 $73,140 # 7
Sheriff Salary in New York $33.25 $69,150 # 8
Sheriff Salary in Connecticut $32.46 $67,520 # 9
Sheriff Salary in Oregon $32.78 $68,180 # 10
Sheriff Salary in Delaware $31.49 $65,500 # 11
Sheriff Salary in Colorado $32.37 $67,330 # 12
Sheriff Salary in Hawaii $31.62 $65,770 # 13
Sheriff Salary in Massachusetts $30.22 $62,850 # 14
Sheriff Salary in Pennsylvania $32.11 $66,790 # 15
Sheriff Salary in Maryland $29.20 $60,740 # 16
Sheriff Salary in Arizona $30.67 $63,800 # 17
Sheriff Salary in Minnesota $29.49 $61,330 # 18
Sheriff Salary in Texas $28.14 $58,520 # 19
Sheriff Salary in Florida $26.47 $55,050 # 20
Sheriff Salary in Michigan $27.99 $58,230 # 21
Sheriff Salary in Ohio $27.60 $57,410 # 22
Sheriff Salary in Rhode Island $26.84 $55,820 # 23
Sheriff Salary in Iowa $26.04 $54,170 # 24
Sheriff Salary in Wisconsin $26.32 $54,750 # 25
Sheriff Salary in Nebraska $26.18 $54,460 # 26
Sheriff Salary in Wyoming $25.43 $52,890 # 27
Sheriff Salary in Virginia $23.97 $49,860 # 28
Sheriff Salary in New Hampshire $25.22 $52,460 # 29
Sheriff Salary in North Dakota $24.40 $50,740 # 30
Sheriff Salary in Idaho $23.27 $48,400 # 31
Sheriff Salary in Montana $23.74 $49,370 # 32
Sheriff Salary in Indiana $22.94 $47,710 # 33
Sheriff Salary in Utah $23.05 $47,950 # 34
Sheriff Salary in New Mexico $23.80 $49,490 # 35
Sheriff Salary in Vermont $22.13 $46,020 # 36
Sheriff Salary in Missouri $21.05 $43,790 # 37
Sheriff Salary in Kansas $21.13 $43,950 # 38
Sheriff Salary in South Dakota $20.35 $42,330 # 39
Sheriff Salary in Oklahoma $19.48 $40,510 # 40
Sheriff Salary in Maine $20.88 $43,430 # 41
Sheriff Salary in Tennessee $20.34 $42,310 # 42
Sheriff Salary in North Carolina $19.84 $41,260 # 43
Sheriff Salary in Alabama $19.61 $40,790 # 44
Sheriff Salary in Kentucky $20.29 $42,200 # 45
Sheriff Salary in West Virginia $19.76 $41,100 # 46
Sheriff Salary in South Carolina $18.27 $38,000 # 47
Sheriff Salary in Georgia $18.47 $38,430 # 48
Sheriff Salary in Louisiana $18.24 $37,940 # 49
Sheriff Salary in Arkansas $17.28 $35,950 # 50
Sheriff Salary in Mississippi $16.07 $33,430 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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