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Contra Costa County
Deputy Sheriff's Pay Range
$84,443.46 - $107,773.63*
*As of July 1, 2019
$88,665.63- $113,162.31 (2020-2021)
$93,098.91- $118,820.42 (2021-2022)
$97,753.85- $124,761.41 (2022-2023)
20% pay increase over 4 year period effective 07/01/2019

$3,000 Hiring Bonus for Laterals
No Retirement "Maximum Age"
Wide Variety of Assignments
Numerous Promotional Opportunities



The Position

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is seeking men and women interested in an exciting and challenging career in law enforcement. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Individuals who are appointed as Deputy Sheriff-Recruit will be assigned to attend our Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved police academy, which involves 26 weeks of intensive academic instruction combined with rigorous physical fitness training. Upon successful completion of the Academy, recruits will graduate and be sworn in as Peace Officers and promoted to the first step of Deputy Sheriff. Academy graduates are initially assigned to the Patrol Division or the Custody Services Bureau.

Who We Are

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the most professional, progressive agencies in the United States. In addition to operating the most innovative detention facilities in the country, the Office of the Sheriff provides patrol services throughout the county including three contract cities for which it provides total police services. Many other specialized assignments are also available. As a department of over 1,100 employees, with some 700 who are sworn, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff continues to grow and progress, providing excellent opportunities in career development for its deputies.

Specialized Assignments

Administration Civil Classification Contract Cities Coroner
County Patrol Court Services Crime Prevention Custody Alternative FTO
Helicopter Patrol Hi-Tech Crimes Investigations J-Team K-9 Deputy
Marine Patrol Mutual Aid Mobile Field Force Narcotics Unit S.E.R.T. S.W.A.T.
School Resource Officer Sexual Assault Unit Transportation Unmanned Aircraft Operator Vice
And many more... 


Minimum Qualifications

  • License: Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License at time of appointment.

  • Education: Possession of a US high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency, or California high school proficiency certificate.

  • Age: Must be 21 years of age or older at time of appointment. No maximum age

  • Citizenship: United States Citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship a minimum of one year ago.

  • Vision: 20/100 uncorrected each eye; corrected to 20/30 each eye.

  • Hearing: Must not have suffered a hearing loss of over 25 decibels in the 500, 1000, and 2000 frequency ranges for each ear.

  • Physical: Ability to meet such health standards established by the County Medical Consultant.

Background Requirements

  1. A polygraph examination and thorough background investigation. The County Medical Consultants shall conduct the psychological testing and medical exam utilizing specification of the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

  2. Shall not have been convicted of a felony in this or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state.

The testing process takes approximately two to three months to complete depending on each applicant's individual background.

Lateral Applicants/Academy Graduates 

Current California peace officers and academy graduates are encouraged to apply as lateral candidates. Lateral applicants may be hired at a higher step and receive bonuses depending on experience. Lateral applicants do not have to take the written test but otherwise will need to complete the same process as entry level applicants.

Tentative Recruit Testing Dates

  • January 25, 2020

  • February - NO TESTING

  • March 7, 2020

  • April 11, 2020

  • May 16, 2020

  • June 13, 2020

  • July 11, 2020

  • August 8, 2020

  • September 19, 2020

  • October 17, 2020

  • November 14, 2020

  • December 12, 2020

Written Examination

Contra Costa County administers a multiple-choice written test. The test will take up to two hours to complete.

T-Score Testing

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is now accepting P.O.S.T. "T" scores of 48 or higher. Valid T-Score must be within 12 months of the application cut-off date. Documented scores of 48 or higher within the past 12 months will be accepted in lieu of the written test. Candidates must still successfully complete the agility test. Applicants will be notified of the agility test date. To obtain a T-Score, you can take the Post-Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery examination, given by participating Law Enforcement Agencies. Currently, the following places are among those offering this test: Napa Valley Criminal Justice Center and  South Bay Regional Training Consortium.

Agility Test

You need to be in good physical condition to complete the Physical Agility test so you should begin to prepare immediately. The agility test consists of:

  • Drag 165 pound dummy 30 feet in 15 seconds

  • Scale a 6-foot wall in 12 seconds

  • Run 500 yards in 1 minute, 45 seconds

Oral Interview

Upon successful completion of the Physical Agility, applicants will be scheduled for an oral board interview which will evaluate such job-related factors as motivation, interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, use of sound judgment and oral communication skills. This interview is usually scheduled within two weeks of the written and physical agility test dates. 

Final Testing and Final Appointment

Applicants who pass both the written and oral test will be placed on the Deputy Sheriff-Recruit eligibility list for six months. Rank on the list is determined by the oral board test score and any veteran’s credit for which individual competitors may qualify. Applicants’ scores are grouped into Certification Bands. Scores between 83 to 100 are placed in Band A, scores between 77 to 82.99 are placed in Band B, and scores between 70-76.99 are placed in Band C. Candidates are moved on into the background process from the list. Typically, the Sheriff's Office administers two Basic Academies per year.

Veteran’s Preference Credits

Veterans who have received an honorable discharge and disabled veterans may be allowed an additional 5% of their total earned score (providing the exam is otherwise successfully completed). To obtain this credit, veterans MUST provide a DD214 that indicates the applicant received an honorable discharge or proof of disability ATTACHED TO THEIR APPLICATION AT THE TIME OF FILING.

Upcoming Basic Academy Dates

  • 190th Basic Academy
    Orientation - April 14 & 15, 2020
    Academy Starts - April 27, 2020
    Academy Graduation - October 23, 2020

  • 191st Basic Academy
    Orientation - September 3, 2020
    Academy Starts - October 5, 2020
    Academy Graduation - April 9, 2021

  • 192nd Basic Academy
    Orientation - TBD
    Academy Starts - March 29, 2021
    Academy Graduation - September 24, 2021

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary: Deputy Sheriff-Recruits are paid during their training period at the Basic Academy. Upon successful completion of Academy training, graduates will be sworn in as Peace Officers, promoted to Deputy Sheriff, and receive a salary increase. Advancement to the higher steps of the Deputy Sheriff salary range is in accordance with the County Salary Ordinance and the County Personnel Management Regulations.

  • Incentives: After their first year, Deputy Sheriffs are eligible for an additional pay differential based on P.O.S.T. Certificates. P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificates earn two and one-half percent (2 ½ %). P.O.S.T. Advanced Certificates earn an additional two and one-half percent (2 ½%). Persons speaking a second language may qualify for bilingual differential pay of $100.00 per month, in selected positions.

  • Shift Work: Deputy Sheriffs work a variety of hours and shifts depending on the particular assignment, including 3/12, 5/8, 4/10 and 9/80. Time and a half is paid for approved overtime worked.

  • Uniforms: Deputy Sheriffs are paid a uniform allowance of $872 annually.

  • Bilingual Pay: $100.00/month in selected positions.

  • Savings: A credit union is available which offers systematic savings and loans at low-interest rates.

  • Holidays: An average of thirteen (13) paid holidays per year.

  • Vacation: Two (2) weeks vacation each year for the first five (5) years, three (3) weeks vacation for 5-10, further increases beyond 10 years.

  • Sick Leave: Twelve (12) working days sick leave are accumulated each year. Credits are accumulated indefinitely.

  • Insurance: Prepaid medical and hospital plans including dental and life insurance are available to employees and their dependents. Employees may select a health plan, dental plan, or health and dental plan through CalPERS. A term life insurance policy is included with any health and/or dental plan enrollment.

  • Retirement: 2.7% at 57 years of age. Deputy Sheriffs are members of the Safety Service Retirement established under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 with reciprocity with PERS.


Application Process

Application Process Applicants must submit an online application at:

Applicants will be notified of the date, time and location of their assigned test date for the written and physical agility test in approximately four to six weeks.

If you are interested in law enforcement and feel you can meet the challenge, you are encouraged to apply.
For further information or questions, please contact the Recruiting Unit

1850 Muir Road
1-877-4-DEPUTY (1-877-433-7889)