Salary and Benefits

  • During the six (6) week Training Academy, recruits do not receive a salary.
  • A recruit's medical expenses, for injuries incurred during training, are paid for by the Division.
  • Upon appointment as a member of the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs, members are eligible for the following benefits:
    • Health Insurance (Health care coverage is contributory in nature. A co-share of the medical premium is required for participation in coverage. Upon retirement, Department members are eligible for health insurance benefits with a required co-share equal to the premium co-share percentage applicable as of the date of retirement.)
    • Dental Insurance
    • Prescription Service
    • Vision Care
    • Life Insurance
  • Uniforms and equipment are furnished by the Division. Upon appointment, Deputy Sheriffs receive an annual clothing allowance of $800.
  • The starting salary for a Deputy Sheriff upon appointment (excluding overtime and incentive pay) is $42,833 with fifteen (15) increments over twenty-five (25) years to $59,832.
  • The average work week consists of thirty-five (35) hours. Deputy Sheriffs normally work Monday thru Friday (9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.) with an unpaid lunch break.
  • To ensure the proper performance of professional duties and obligations, the Division may direct and authorize overtime.
  • There are ten (10) official State holidays per calendar year.
  • Annual vacation for Deputy Sheriffs is listed below:
    • 6 months to 5 years of service = 10 working days vacation
    • 5 years to 10 years of service = 15 working days vacation
    • 10 years to 15 years of service = 18 working days vacation
    • 15 years to 20 years of service = 20 working days vacation
    • 20 years to 25 years of service = 26 working days vacation
    • 25+ years of service = 28 working days vacation