Federal U.S. Marshals are part of an elite law enforcement agency that specializes in protecting federal judges and federal courts, serving court documents, supervising federal elections, transporting prisoners, investigating and apprehending fugitives and more. U.S. Marshals catch more fugitives than any other law enforcement agency combined. They also investigate sex offender crimes and protect witnesses and juries in federal cases. As the oldest federal law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals Service employs 94 Marshals who are appointed by the federal government and who oversee the operations in each of the federal judicial districts. Deputy Marshals and criminal investigators work in these districts to enforce court orders and serve papers, look for bodies, escort prisoners, conduct investigations, seize property and more. U.S. Marshals and Deputy Marshals are well-trained individuals who need to be vigilant, level-headed and quick to make decisions and good judgments. They should be comfortable working in dangerous environments with dangerous criminals, and need to know how to carry and use a weapon.
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Entry level Deputy Marshals earn between $36,658 and $41,260 as the GS-082-5 level or between $41,729 and $46,969, if they are hired at the GS-082-7 level. The Federal Employees Retirement System works for Deputy Marshals and features a pension plan, Social Security and Thrift Savings Plan. This system also allows marshals to retire after 25 years of service, no matter how old they are. Additional benefits include annual leave, sick leave, family and medical leave, health benefits, life insurance, and an employee assistance program that serves marshals and their families resolve personal and relationship issues.
U.S. Marshals must be between 21 and 36 years of age to apply for a position. They must also have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifying work experience. Because applying for a Deputy Marshal position can be very competitive, a higher degree in criminal justice or law enforcement may help your chances of being hired. A higher degree and good work experience can also help you reach the GS-082-7 salary level earlier than if you have only the minimum education requirements.