Supervisory Federal Air Marshal, Special Agent in Charge


Federal Air Marshal Supervisors are the Special Agents in Charge of individual Federal Air Marshal Service field offices. Supervisors oversee the coordination, planning, and tactics used for their assigned field office. They advise other staff members on methods to improve aviation security while working with other law enforcement agencies and the airlines industry. Federal Air Marshal Supervisors are often the liaison person between the Marshal Service and the media. They assign the duties of subordinates, evaluate their performance, train, and discipline employees when necessary. Candidates for Federal Air Marshal Supervisor positions must have law enforcement experience in interviews and interrogations, surveillance, surveillance detection and counter surveillance, conducting searches and seizures, background checks, preparing and obtaining complaints and warrants, report writing, carrying out undercover and covert work assignments, and testifying in court.


Federal Air Marshal Supervisors must be able to work as part of a team while at the same time play a supervisory role and be a leader. As a Federal Air Marshal, they may have to face dangerous situations. They must be able to think clearly and perform under extreme duress. Lives may depend on the decisions made by Federal Air Marshal Supervisors, and that in itself is extremely stressful.


Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be able to effectively research and analyze information. Candidates should know and understand Federal rules, regulations, and any applicable laws pertaining to cases that involve crimes against the United States. 


Candidates for the position of Federal Air Marshal must be a United States citizen or national. Applicants must successfully pass a background investigation, written application, medical examination, psychological assessment, and other tests as part of the hiring process. Those who are hired are subject to random alcohol and drug testing. The ability to qualify for and maintain a Top Secret Security clearance is required as is a positive favorable Since Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).


The TSA will supplement Federal Air Marshal Supervisors’ existing experience and training in self-defense, firearms proficiency, investigative techniques, criminal terrorist behavior recognition, and in other areas.


Scheduling is varied and dependant on assignment as well as airline schedules. Federal Air Marshals as well as Supervisors can expect to spend much of their time away from home when assigned to international or long domestic flights.

Salary and Benefits

Benefits include health and life insurance, personal leave days, ten paid holidays per year, flexible spending accounts, a uniform allowance, family medical leave plan, retirement plan, transportation subsidies, and paid training.

$115,350.00 – 162,000.00

TSA Jobs – Federal Air Marshal Service Mission Support