Deputy U.S. Marshals


Deputy U.S. Marshals


The United States Marshals Service forms a central part of the federal government's law enforcement efforts. As a bureau within the Department of Justice, the Marshals Service reports to the U.S. attorney general. Among the responsibilities of deputy U.S. marshals are providing court security, which includes personal protection of judges, judicial officials, and jurors; serving warrants and process documents; locating and apprehending fugitives; transporting prisoners; managing the federal Witness Security Program; seizing assets us...

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Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training



Minimum of 3 years, work and education



Foreign Language


Personality Traits



As with other federal positions, salaries for deputy U.S. marshals are fixed at government service rating levels. Beginning deputy U.S. marshals are hired at the GL-7 level. Annual starting salaries were between $36,356 and $47,264 in 2019. Those appointed at the GL-7 grade level are eligible for promotion to GL-9 after one year, which paid $44,471 to $57,809. 

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Work Environment

In general, deputy U.S. marshals work 40 hours a week. These hours are usually during the daytime, Monday through Friday, but overtime and other shifts are sometimes required. Travel may be necessary, for example, to transport a prisoner from one state to another.

Deputies generally work out of well-maintained, clean offices, but their duties can take them to a wide variety of environmen...


Employment in law enforcement and security-related fields in general is expected to increase over the next decade, despite decreases in the crime rate in many areas. Threats of terrorist activity have put all public safety officials on alert, from FBI and CIA experts to local police forces and private security companies. There is now increased security particularly in and around government offi...