Sheriffs are responsible for safeguarding and defending the property and life of the citizens of the area they are assigned to. If you are interested in becoming a sheriff, then this informative article would be of great use to you. It will explain to you the job prospects and salary trends of sheriffs in the past few years.

Sheriff Career Statistics for the US

Since the median salary figures of sheriffs are not readily available, hence the salary data of Police and Detectives has been used as a reference point. These figures have been taken from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2018 Median Salary $63,380 per year
Job Outlook, 2018-28 5%
Number of Jobs, 2018 808,700
Employment Change, 2018-28 37,500

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Career Outlook and Prospects

It is expected that the employment opportunities for Police and Detectives will increase by 5% from 2018 to 2028.  Even though the crime rates have been decreasing in the past few years, the demand for police services to improve and maintain public safety is expected to rise in the future.

The career prospects are bright for those individuals who:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have relevant military, investigative, or law enforcement experience.
  • Are fluent in several languages such as Arabic and Urdu.

The job prospects for these professionals also vary according to area and state budgets.

State Data for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has further categorized Police and Detectives into three categories, one of which is Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers.

The following bar chart shows the employment data of states that have the highest level of employment in this occupation.

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics