Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Deputy Sheriff Trainee (DST) is an entry level non-sworn training position. DST's are required to attend a paid 26 week P.O.S.T. Certified Sheriffs Training Academy, plus a 2-week training academy. In the Academy, DSTs will develop the minimum skills required for entry into a Law Enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff. The DST will be trained in California Criminal and Civil Law and the Orange County Sheriff Department's Policies and Procedures. Promotion to Deputy Sheriff I is based on satisfactory evaluations, graduation from the Academy and Academy Staff recommendations. Upon successful completion of the Sheriffs Training Academy, DSTs become certified sworn peace officers of the State of California and the County of Orange.


Deputy Sheriff Trainee (Academy)
$26.49/hour $55,099.20

Deputy Sheriff I (Entry Level)
$28.66 to $43.39/hour $59,612.80 to $90,251.20 annually

Deputy Sheriff II (Maximum)
$45.85/hour $95,368.00 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 (2.7% at 57 plan)
  • Tuition Reimbursement ($2,000/year)
  • Uniforms Provided
  • Alternative schedules are available
  • Flexible Benefits Plan
  • Field Training Officer Pay
  • Motorcycle Pay
  • Canine Pay
  • Tactical Support Pay
  • Helicopter Pilot Assignment Pay
  • Helicopter Observer Assignment Pay
  • Overtime Pay
  • Bilingual Pay
  • On-Call Pay
  • Call Back Pay
  • Night Shift Differential Pay
  • Educational Incentive
  • P.O.S.T. Pay
  • Hazardous Device Assignment Pay
  • Toxic Investigator Assignment Pay
  • Dive Team Pay

Promotional Opportunities

  • Assistant Sheriff
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant
  • Investigator
  • Deputy Sheriff II
  • Deputy Sheriff I

Deputy I - Entry Level Deputy II - Maximum
Base Pay: $5,089 month $7,308 month
Shift Differential:
(4p.m. - 8a.m.)
$100.00 month $100.00 month
(12 per year)
$203.04 month $291.60 month
P.O.S.T. Pay: Intermediate Certificate $200.00 month
Advance Certificate $325.00 month
Supervisory certificate $390.00 month
BI-Lingual Pay
(no test)
Paid to qualified employees $52.00 per month (30) cents per hour $52.00 month
Exceptional BI- Lingual Pay: (Passed test) Paid to qualified employees

$104.00 per month
(60) cents per hour

$104.00 month
Hazardous Devices:
(Regular Substitutes)
$580.00 month $580.00 month
Dive Team: $230.00 month $230.00 month
Tactical Support Team: $230.00 month $230.00 month
Motorcycle Pay: $230.00 month $230.00 month
Helicopter Pilot Pay: $580.00 month $580.00 month
Helicopter Observer Pay: $355.00 month $355.00 month
Toxic Investigator Pay: $230.00 month $230.00 month

Interested applicants should submit an online interest card at to be notified of the next open enrollment application.

For more information on how to get started, contact: 1 (877) – SHERIFF