U.S. Marshal

Lead Deputy U.S. Marshals in the fight against crime.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$39,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do U.S. Marshals do?

As the boss of Deputy U.S. Marshals, nominated by the President Of The United States and approved by Congress for a four-year term, the position of U.S. Marshal is indeed one of honor. Only one U.S Marshal is appointed for each federal judicial district. So throughout the country, there are a total of only 94 U.S. Marshals.

As a U.S. Marshal, you lead your Deputy U.S. Marshals as they search for fugitives, maintain courthouse security, and provide protection for Judges, jurors and, witnesses. There are around 3,324 Deputies throughout the country, and the number of Deputies working beneath you at any one time depends on what is happening in your district. If, for example, there’s a massive manhunt on in your district for an escaped convict, you’ll be working with a lot more Deputies than if you don’t currently have any open cases.

You’re also the one who does the legwork for the Department of Justice’s Witness Protection Program. Specifically, you and your Deputies provide 24-hour surveillance for witnesses and their family members during the trial, and then afterwards, you arrange for them to be moved to a new living location, and to be given new names, jobs, and houses.

If you think you have what it takes to become one of the 94, you should start by working in law enforcement. Not only will this give you experience with firearms and legal proceedings, but the field of law enforcement is where the President and Director of U.S. Marshal Services start looking when they’re searching for a new U.S Marshal.

Should I be an U.S. Marshal?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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