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U.S. Marshals Service

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Federal Employee Schedules & Locality Pay Tables

The salary information provided is an approximation. Actual salary is determined by the employee’s wage schedule and geographic location in which employed.



New Deputy Marshals are covered under Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) which includes a 3-tier system:
1. Pension Plan
2. Social Security
3. Thrift Savings Plan (a tax-deferred plan similar to a 401K plan in private industry)
Deputy U.S. Marshals are eligible for retirement after 25 years of service or at 50 years old, with 20 years of service. The mandatory retirement age is 57.

Military experience may increase years for retirement, but cannot be substituted for 20 years of law enforcement experienc


Annual Leave:
The amount of annual leave earned is based on the number of years of Federal service:

Years of
Federal Service

Hours Earned
per Pay Period

Hours Earned
per Year

Less than 3 years

4 hours

104 hours

3-15 years

6 hours

160 hours

More than 15 years

8 hours

208 hours

Note:  Most military time is creditable toward leave accrual; therefore, a majority of the military will be in the 6-hour leave category.
Sick Leave: All employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay period regardless of the number of years of federal service.

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA):
The FMLA allows “eligible” employees to take leave for up to 12 work weeks in any 12 month period for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a family member, or if the employee themselves has a serious health condition.

Health Benefits
  • Health benefits are optional
  • There is a large variety of health care plans to choose from
  • The cost of health insurance is shared by the employee and the government

Life Insurance

  • Automatic enrollment in the Federal Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) plan with Basic Life only
  • Cost is shared by the employee and the government
  • Employee may waive coverage
  • Employee must be enrolled in Basic Life to elect the Optional Coverage:
  • Option A - Standard:  additional $10,000; employee pays full cost of insurance.
  • Option B - Additional: election of an amount to 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 times employees’ annual basic pay; employee pays the full cost of this insurance.
  • Option C - Family: covers eligible family members; employee pays the full cost of this insurance.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • EAP is a confidential, voluntary program designed to help employees and their family members resolve problems that may occur on or off the job.
  • Assistance can be received in personal issues, family/close relationship issues, and work issues.
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