In total, Maryland’s crime rate- especially where violent crimes and property crimes are concerned- is higher than the national average. This means that there tends to be more criminals in Maryland that have jumped their bail and are fugitives from the law. It is the responsibility of bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in the state to bring these fugitives to justice, by making them pay their dues for violating their bail bonds.
Since Maryland has a higher-than-average number of bail jumpers in the state, there is more opportunity for bail bondsmen and bounty hunters when compared with other states in the country. This fact also means that there is more competition in Maryland where these career fields are concerned. This means that those looking to enter the bail bonds and bounty hunting fields must know what they are doing and be familiar with Maryland state laws regarding bail bonds and bounty hunting.
Bounty hunting is loosely regulated in the state, but there is some training required in order to prove that a person is familiar with state law and bounty hunting ethics.
Bounty hunters in the state of Maryland make an average annual salary of $64,000, according to Indeed.com. Indeed is a website that aggregates salary information based on job postings in specified areas.
Bounty Hunter Salary in Maryland
The following is the average salary for bounty hunters in the largest cities in the state:
- Baltimore: $63,000
- Columbia: $72,000
- Silver Spring: $73,000
- Ellicott City, $67,000
Bail Bondsman Salary in Maryland
Bail bondsmen typically make their salary via a base wage and some portion of the 10-percent fee collected from bail bonds that they issue. Salaried bail bondsman only get a portion of the fee, while some that work at independent firms will receive most, if not all, of the fee.
The following is the average base salaries for bail bondsmen in Maryland cities:
- Baltimore: $35,000
- Columbia: $40,000
- Silver Spring: $41,000
- Ellicott City: $37,000