Deputy Sheriff-Lateral

Salaries and Benefits for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Sheriff-Coroner.
  • Must be 20 years of age by date of written exam.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who has filed for citizenship prior to application date.
  • Must have a U.S. high school diploma, or a satisfactory score on the GED or California High School Proficiency test, or have an AA or BA from accredited U.S. school of higher education.
  • Must have no felony convictions as a juvenile or adult AND cannot currently be on any form of probation.
  • Must have no domestic violence convictions AND cannot currently be the subject of a domestic violence restraining order.

Qualified lateral applicants will also:

  • Be currently employed as a Peace Officer by a California state, county or city agency.
  • Have attended a full time, intensive format, California POST approved academy.
  • Have a California POST "Basic" Certificate.

Testing Process: The lateral testing process will be the same as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee, you will be required to complete the following scheduled exams:

  • Written Examination
  • Physical Agility
  • Oral Interview
  • Background Interview
  • Medical
  • Psychological (written and oral)
  • Polygraph


Deputy Sheriff I

  • $29.36 to $39.90/hour
  • $61,069 to $82,992 annually

Deputy Sheriff II (Maximum)

  • $42.16/hour $87,693 annually

Plus, Incentive Pay for:

  • Bilingual
  • Shift Differential
  • POST Certifications
  • Special Assignment
  • Field Training Officer


The County of Orange offers a comprehensive benefit package to its employees including:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Annual Leave
    • 19 days after the first year
    • 27 days after three years
    • 32 days after ten years
  • Holidays (12 paid per year)
  • Paid Retirement (3% at 55 plan)
  • Tuition Reimbursement ($2,000/year)
  • Uniforms Provided
  • Alternative Schedules are Available


As a Deputy Sheriff you will have the opportunity to be assigned to a variety of traditional and specialized assignments including:

  • Patrol
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • Community Programs
  • Custody
  • Harbor Patrol
  • Commercial Traffic Enforcement
  • Canine
  • School Resource Officer
  • Mounted Enforcement
  • Gang Enforcement Team
  • Aero Bureau
  • Warrant Service Team
  • Bicycle Patrol
  • Neighborhood Enhancement Team
  • Training/Academy Staff
  • Major Accident Response Team
  • Dive Team
  • Auto Theft Detail
  • Bank Robbery Apprehension Team
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Court Services
  • Bomb Squad
  • Drug Enforcement Team
  • Recruiting
  • Field Training Officer

How to Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to call recruiting at 714-834-5811 for more information and opportunities with our department.