Salary and Benefits

The Lancaster County Deputy Sheriffs' Association's bargaining unit negotiates annually with the County for salaries and benefits.

Shifts & Hours
The Sheriff's Office maintains patrol coverage for the County 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Patrol deputies bid every six months, by seniority, for positions of shift and days off. Most, if not all, patrol deputies are assigned to 10-hour shifts, four days a week, with three consecutive days off. Other positions carry an 8-hour shift, five days a week.

Salary (effective August 2013)
Starting at $44,524.48 ($21.406 per hour). Veteran officers with law enforcement experience may be started at higher pay rates at the Sheriff's discretion. Upon meeting satisfactory standards on annual performance reviews, a deputy can advance a pay step each year, up to Step 8, paying $63,051.04 ($30.313 per hour). Deputies working evening and night shifts receive an extra 45 cents per hour. Deputies assigned to the supervisory ranks of sergeant and captain receive higher rates of pay. Click here for the complete pay scale.

Overtime
Compensatory time or pay is earned at 1 1/2 times the hourly rate for time exceeding normal shift hours, including court attendance and training.

Longevity Pay
Deputies receive $400.00 annual longevity pay after completing six years of service. The amount increases up to $850.00 annually after completing 20 years of service.

Paid Holidays
Deputies are credited with 104 hours per year of paid holiday time, of which 9 days are designated County holidays and the remaining time as personal holidays. Deputies required to work on any of the nine designated holidays can choose to receive compensatory pay at time-and-a-half in lieu of taking time off at a later date.

Paid Vacations
Vacation leave is earned at 80 hours per year during the first four years of service; after five years - 120 hours/year; after 10 years, 148 hours/year; after 15 years - 168 hours/year; and after 20 years - 198 hours/year. Accumulation is continuous and is not to exceed 240 hours. Leave is earned but not granted during the probationary period.

Paid Sick Leave
Employees accumulate 104 hours of sick time per year and there currently is no cap on banked sick leave.

Paid Health Care and Life Insurance
Deputies may enroll in the Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO health care plan. The county pays ninety five percent of single premiums and eighty five percent of family and 2/4 premiums. The county also pays in full for a $30,000.00 life insurance premium for each deputy. Supplemental health and life insurance is optional at the employee's cost.

Paid Dental Insurance
Deputies may enroll in the Ameritas Dental Plan. The county pays one hundred percent of single premiums and eighty percent of family and 2/4 premiums.

Retirement Plan
Employees who have attained age 25 and have one year of service automatically become members of the defined contribution retirement plan. Lancaster County contributes $1.50 for every $1.00 contributed by the employee. The employer's subaccount is 20% vested after 3 years in the plan, up to 100% vested after 7 years. The employee can choose to place the money in any combination of investment options such as a selection of mutual funds or money market accounts.

College Tuition Reimbursement
Non-probationary full-time deputies are eligible for college tuition reimbursement up to $1000 per labor contract year for successful completion of approved college tuition and expenses. Areas of study are limited to work related fields and must be pre-approved.

Equipment / Dress

  • All uniforms, uniform cleaning, equipment, and body armor are provided by the Sheriff's Office.
  • Per the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office Standard Operating Procedures, "Permanent skin designs (tattoos) or bodypiercing (with the exception of stud earrings) shall not be visible while on duty." "Employees who have permanent skin designs (tattoos) shall insure their clothing or an opaque covering renders the design (tattoo) not visible to the public."

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