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US Marshal Officer

Career Overview

The U.S. Marshals Service is the enforcement arm of the federal courts. There is an appointed U.S. Marshal for every one of the nation's 94 Federal Judicial Districts. Deputy U.S. Marshals apprehend federal fugitives, protect the federal judiciary, operate the Witness Security Program, transport federal prisoners, and generally enforce federal court orders.

U.S. Marshals are charged with protecting the federal courts and providing bailiff duties for District Courts and Federal Appellate Courts. They are also charged with moving prisoners to and from federal court appearances. The U.S. Marshals Office is charged with selling off confiscated property that belonged to federal criminals.


Applicants for the position of Deputy U.S. Marshal must have a bachelors degree or three years applicable experience, or some combination of the two. Relevant experience includes both law enforcement and non-law enforcement professional positions. Special consideration is given for academic achievement and certain categories of experience. For details on qualifications visit the U.S. Marshal Career Qualifications Page

Current Employment

There are about 3,500 Deputy Marshals and Criminal Investigators working in the agency. In addition there are about 1,500 administrative employees.

Job Outlook

These positions are expected to grow at about the same rate as the overall growth of employment in all job categories; however the increasing security following the terrorist attack on New York may lead to a steady increase in security for federal courts in the future.

Salary Range

Deputy U.S. Marshals are paid at the GS-5 rate on entry; approximately $36,500 annually plus overtime.

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