Sheriffs are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, sheriffs rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 45% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy sheriffs are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Hearing officer
3.5
$98k
Forensic science technician
3.4
$59k
Transit police officer
3.2
$72k
Police officer
3.2
$57k
Sheriff
3.2
$63k
Bailiff
3.1
$48k
Judicial law clerk
3.0
$54k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are sheriffs happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do sheriffs find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as sheriffs?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are sheriff’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are sheriffs making the best use of their abilities?

Are sheriffs happy with their salary?