Bounty Hunter and Bail Bondsman Salaries in Idaho

Idaho is one of the most unique states in the entire country when it comes to bounty hunting laws. This is because bounty hunting is essentially unregulated in the state- the only requirement is state residency. Other than that, there is no licensing needed, there is no background checks, no testing. In essence, any citizen in the state can become a bounty hunter at any time and are able to make citizen arrests right off the bat. If any state can be compared to the Wild West in the country, when it comes to bounty hunting, it would be Idaho.

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Bounty Hunter Salary in Idaho

In Idaho, as well as the rest of the country, a bounty hunters’ salary is not a salary in the traditional sense. Rather than being paid an hourly wage or annual salary, a bounty hunter earns their entire income through the bounty earned from the capture of bail jumpers. A bounty hunter is hired by a bail bondsman in order to track down and apprehend people that have violated their bail bond agreement. The bounty hunter is then paid a percentage of the bail bond that the bondsman issued the fugitive .

The following is a list of bounty hunter salaries in the largest cities in the state as provided by, which gathers and aggregates salaries real time from area job postings and other sources:

  • Boise: $44,000
  • Idaho Falls: $68,000
  • Pocatello: $60,000
  • Meridian: $65,000


Bail Bondsman in Idaho

Bail bondsmen are paid an annual salary if they work for a large bail bond company, but they also are paid a percentage of the fee on each bail bond they issue which is not included in the figures below. Bail bond company owners collect the full fee associated with the issuing a bond (often 10%), and commonly earn six figure incomes in Idaho’s busy metro areas.

The following are the average base salaries for bail bondsman in Idaho, according to

  • Boise: $16,000
  • Idaho Falls: $17,000
  • Pocatello: $15,000
  • Meridian: $16,000
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