I get this question a lot: how much do U.S. Marshals make? This question is in relation to a Deputy Marshal pay rate and entry requirements. Enjoy!
The salaries stated below are only an approximation. The actual salary is determined by the geographic location in which a U.S. Marshal would be employed, a.k.a. Locality Pay Scale.
All positions are filled at the GS-082-5 or GS-082-7 entry levels.
- GS-082-5: between $36,658 and $41,260 (as of January 2008)
- GS-082-7: between $41,729 and $46,969 (as of January 2008)
Requirements for GS-082-5 and GS-082-7
GS-5: GENERAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A four year bachelors’ degree OR a minimum of three years of responsible volunteer or paid experience. Listed below are examples of acceptable experience:
- Law enforcement
- Work involving the correctional treatment and supervision of criminal offenders in correctional institutions
- Classroom teaching or instruction
- Sales (other than taking and filing orders as in over-the-counter sales)
- Interviewing experience in a public or private service agency which involved making determinations on individual requests for services, benefits, etc., and explaining, interpreting, and applying rules, regulations, and procedures
- Work involving contacts with the public for the purpose of gathering information, such as credit rating investigator, claims adjuster, journalist, etc.
- Volunteer teaching or counseling
- Other experience that has demonstrated the ability to take charge and make decisions, such as civilian/military supervisory, managerial or leadership responsibility.
GS-7: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:
- Have one year of responsible law enforcement experience in addition to the GS-5 experience requirements above
- Have the ability to deal effectively with associates, subordinates, the general public, and prisoners.
- Have the ability to make arrests and use firearms proficiently.
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:
A bachelor’s degree and one of the following Superior Academic Achievement provisions:
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate courses, or for those courses completed during the last 2 years of undergraduate study.
- Rank in the upper 1/3 of your college or university undergraduate class.
- Membership in a national scholastic honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
- Successful completion of graduate education in law, or in a field related to law enforcement (e.g., criminal justice), or completion of one full year of graduate study (minimum of 18 semester or 27 graduate quarter hours).
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone we will combine your education and experience in an attempt to satisfy the minimum general experience requirements, at the GS-5 level, for Deputy U.S. Marshal positions.
Promotion Time Frame
Those appointed at the GS-082-5 grade level are eligible for promotion to GS-082-7 after 1 year.
Those appointed at the GS-082-7 grade level are eligible for promotion to GS-082-9 after 1 year.
Career ladder is to the GS-1811-11 grade level; there is a 3 year certification process before promotion from GS-082-9 to GS-1811-11 grade level.
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