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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 $27.31. Hourly wages typically start from $15.88 and go up to $44.45.

Average Sheriff Yearly Salary in the United States

Sheriffs earn a median salary of $56,810 per year. Salaries typically start from $33,030 and go up to $92,450.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Sheriff Earnings by Seniority

Top End Sheriff Earnings

The highest earning Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$44.45
an hour
$92,450
per year
Senior Sheriff Earnings

Senior Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$36.00
an hour
$74,870
per year
Experienced Sheriff Earnings

Experienced Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$27.31
an hour
$56,810
per year
Junior Sheriff Earnings

Junior Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$20.32
an hour
$42,260
per year
Starting Sheriff Earnings

Starting Sheriffs in the United States earn:

$15.88
an hour
$33,030
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Sheriff salary comparison

Sheriffs earn more than 58% percent of Law careers. Sheriff salaries are in the bottom 62% of all careers in the United States.

Lawyer Salary $114k
Hearing Officer Salary $87k
Coroner Salary $64k
Sheriff Salary $56k
Police Officer Salary $56k
Forensic Science Technician Salary $55k
Court Reporter Salary $49k
Judicial Law Clerk Salary $48k
Legal Secretary Salary $42k
Bailiff Salary $38k
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 New Jersey $44.35 $92,250 # 1
Sheriff Salary in California $42.67 $88,740 # 2
Sheriff Salary in Alaska $36.87 $76,690 # 3
Sheriff Salary in New York $37.95 $78,930 # 4
Sheriff Salary in Washington $34.95 $72,690 # 5
Sheriff Salary in District of Columbia $32.89 $68,420 # 6
Sheriff Salary in Illinois $34.43 $71,610 # 7
Sheriff Salary in Nevada $33.04 $68,710 # 8
Sheriff Salary in Connecticut $31.88 $66,320 # 9
Sheriff Salary in Colorado $31.93 $66,410 # 10
Sheriff Salary in Delaware $30.96 $64,400 # 11
Sheriff Salary in Oregon $31.72 $65,970 # 12
Sheriff Salary in Pennsylvania $28.92 $60,150 # 13
Sheriff Salary in Hawaii $28.19 $58,640 # 14
Sheriff Salary in Maryland $28.13 $58,520 # 15
Sheriff Salary in Massachusetts $29.14 $60,620 # 16
Sheriff Salary in Arizona $28.82 $59,950 # 17
Sheriff Salary in Minnesota $29.36 $61,070 # 18
Sheriff Salary in Florida $26.55 $55,230 # 19
Sheriff Salary in Michigan $27.74 $57,700 # 20
Sheriff Salary in Rhode Island $26.76 $55,670 # 21
Sheriff Salary in Ohio $27.06 $56,280 # 22
Sheriff Salary in Wisconsin $26.78 $55,710 # 23
Sheriff Salary in Texas $25.53 $53,090 # 24
Sheriff Salary in Iowa $25.76 $53,580 # 25
Sheriff Salary in Nebraska $25.64 $53,320 # 26
Sheriff Salary in Virginia $23.31 $48,490 # 27
Sheriff Salary in New Hampshire $24.33 $50,600 # 28
Sheriff Salary in Wyoming $24.83 $51,640 # 29
Sheriff Salary in North Dakota $23.84 $49,580 # 30
Sheriff Salary in Idaho $22.76 $47,340 # 31
Sheriff Salary in Indiana $22.42 $46,630 # 32
Sheriff Salary in Montana $22.79 $47,410 # 33
Sheriff Salary in New Mexico $23.32 $48,520 # 34
Sheriff Salary in Utah $22.39 $46,570 # 35
Sheriff Salary in Missouri $20.77 $43,190 # 36
Sheriff Salary in Vermont $21.08 $43,850 # 37
Sheriff Salary in Kansas $20.28 $42,180 # 38
Sheriff Salary in Maine $20.57 $42,790 # 39
Sheriff Salary in South Dakota $19.66 $40,900 # 40
Sheriff Salary in Oklahoma $20.32 $42,270 # 41
Sheriff Salary in Tennessee $19.75 $41,080 # 42
Sheriff Salary in Alabama $19.22 $39,970 # 43
Sheriff Salary in Kentucky $19.98 $41,550 # 44
Sheriff Salary in North Carolina $18.83 $39,170 # 45
Sheriff Salary in Louisiana $18.38 $38,220 # 46
Sheriff Salary in West Virginia $18.91 $39,330 # 47
Sheriff Salary in South Carolina $17.77 $36,970 # 48
Sheriff Salary in Georgia $17.82 $37,070 # 49
Sheriff Salary in Arkansas $17.42 $36,230 # 50
Sheriff Salary in Mississippi $15.60 $32,450 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Sheriff

Interested in becoming a sheriff? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good sheriff? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

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  3. Get Hired

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