SOC: 33-3011.00


Maintain order in courts of law.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
17,300 employed

Projected (2024):
18,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Bailiff
  • City Bailiff
  • County Bailiff
  • Court Bailiff
  • Court Officer
  • Court Security Officer
  • Courtroom Deputy
  • Deputy Bailiff
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Deputy Sheriff Court Services
  • Deputy Sheriff, Building Guard
  • District Court Bailiff
  • Grand Jury Deputy Sheriff
  • Justice Court Deputy Clerk
  • Security Officer
  • Sergeant at Arms
  • Supervising Bailiff

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Maintain order in courtroom during trial and guard jury from outside contact.
  • Guard lodging of sequestered jury.
  • Provide jury escort to restaurant and other areas outside of courtroom to prevent jury contact with public.
  • Enforce courtroom rules of behavior and warn persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure.
  • Report need for police or medical assistance to sheriff's office.
  • Announce entrance of judge.
  • Stop people from entering courtroom while judge charges jury.
  • Screen persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband.
  • Provide security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.
  • Check courtroom for security and cleanliness and assure availability of sundry supplies, such as notepads, for use by judge, jurors, and attorneys.
  • Screen, control, and handle evidence and exhibits during court proceedings.
  • Escort prisoners to and from courthouse and maintain custody of prisoners during court proceedings.
  • Maintain court docket.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Breathalyzer units
  • Digital recording equipment
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Digital video recording equipment
  • Electronic whiteboards
  • Expandable batons
  • Handheld metal detector
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Law enforcement handguns
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Mobile radios
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Passenger cars
  • Personal computers
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Protective vests
  • Tablet computers
  • Teleconferencing equipment
  • Video surveillance systems
  • Walk-through metal detectors
  • X ray inspection equipment
  • Case management system software
  • Court docket management software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • State crime information databases
  • Statistics software
  • Web browser software

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610