Deputies' Salary: How Low Can It Go?

The Manatee Sheriff's Office says that its own study shows that starting deputies earn the lowest salary in Tampa Bay. Can you guess how much?

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has released a comparison study that shows starting deputies earn the lowest salaries among 15 Tampa Bay area law enforcement agenices.

Newbie deputies make $39,689 a year.

Earning close to 40 grand may not sound all that bad for starting a career.

But consider salaries for similar posts at other departments at nearby agenices. According to the Bradenton Herald, the study was done by Sheriff Brad Steube's Office. Here are some of the findings:

  • The highest salary is for new deputies at Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, at $45,950;
  • Tampa Police pay new officers $49,863;
  • In Clearwater, new police officers earn $47,806;
  • St. Petersburg pays $46,887;
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Office starts its deputies at $44,380.

The Manatee County Commission has agreed to give $1.7 million to improve the salaries of new deputies. The commission is planning a meeting next month to address pay concerns at a time of budet cuts and shortfalls. The meeting is to get information and address salary issues for 3,000 county employees.

Chris Whitaker September 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I think this is pathetic. Truly. My brother in law just retired after 30 years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa. These people PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR US! Manatee County needs to fund their police department and fire department in a competitive way. We should pay the highest in order to get quality, career professionals in our area. I am not happy with the gangs and crime in our small town. EVERY day you read where someone has been shot. We CAN do a better job. I miss Sheriff Charlie Wells. He had a toughness about him that earned him respect. We definitely need to pay our people more - no doubt about it!!!
gw2gold September 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Carolyn and Cricket September 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM
I have no problem giving the working Deputies more money, as they really do need raises in these tough time. BUT I do object to the upper management getting a raise when they are making over $100,000. With local politicians voluntarily taking a pay reduct, a similar jesture would show a a great amount of moral turpetute (sp?) on behalf of the management of the Sheriffs Office
Chris Whitaker September 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
yes. the deputies on the street they are hiring deserve a competitive rate as the other counties around us. the belief is we are a less expensive place to live. we are not. you can rent a home in the tampa-st pete area for less. also spouses can get better jobs in those areas. we must offer a GREAT salary to attract and keep our good officers!
Sam Sonite September 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I'm with you Chris BUT if the county does not have the money, they just dont have it. what you should be looking for is a COLA, its easier to justify to the public. AND if you guys and EMS go union you know the county is going to give "RETILIATION RAISES to the ones that dont join and then the question should be...if they could not give out across the bord raises...where did they get "that" money from...it the way they do business because florida is anti union
Janet Simmons September 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I rarely comment on articles but I do have a couple of things to say. I think everyone is entitled to a fair living salary. Their salary is probably far less than surrounding counties and they should receive a raise. I have long thought that our tax dollars have been misappropriated and our service personnel always seem to be at the bottom of the list. That is just wrong. I wonder if paying them more will make them do their jobs better. I say this with justifiable reasons. I was in desperate need of a sheriff one late night and it took over 30 minutes until one finally arrived. I was being followed by a person who was clearly stalking me. I drove and drove with the person following me and he finally turned his lights off and sat in a dark cove waiting....I finally drove to the firestation to seek protection. Another time when our home was broken into and the sheriff had proof that this person stole our belongings and they just let the perp go...charges were filed, district attorney picked it up but could not get info from sheriff's office. How many others suffered this way. Our hispanic neighbors are constantly harassed by the sheriff's and the law finds nothing....I really feel that they are sometimes prejudice. If paying them more will straighten out their priorities...well I say pay them! And yes, a union will make sure that they get ALL they are entitled to. If we can't do it without the union, then do it with!
Sam Sonite October 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Janet: seriously you think money will cause better service? Lets have a quick recap of how public safety works "in the real world" (1)-We DO NOT create the calls, we respond to them (2)- In order to get results from law enforcement you have to FILE A REPORT. There is no "police blotter" where you can just "report something" and the cops will run out and fix it without having adquate information. The days of "officer adjusting" is gone, they have rules to follow to insure everyone's rights because when cops use their own initiave to fix a simple problem, somebody allways gets their feeings hurt unless there is a crime an they can arrest somebody (3)-When it comes to criminals and politicians, no amount of money is gonna fix stupid. (4)-The people have to stop watching Lifetime beliving that people that report crimes are automaticly stalked to death by the criminal because the cops refuse to believe the victim's plea that they are being stalked by the criminal they reported on....COPS IN THE REAL WORD DO NOT BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCE. **not ment as a crtiticism but why didnt you just drive to the sheriffs deprtment headquarters by the mall? thank you for your support but if the county does not give us a COLA 3% does not do much for us
concerned citizen December 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
last time i checked 92 unsolved murders . i agree with you on the service just plain bad! what they need a raise for ?????(crimestoppers@co.manatee.fl.us)


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