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When it comes to bounty hunting and bail bonds work, laws vary from state to state. Some states may have very restrictive laws regarding these career fields, or may outlaw them altogether (at least in the case of bounty hunting,) while other states have very lax laws. Massachusetts is one of the states that has very relaxed laws in regards to both bail bondsman work and bounty hunting. In fact, it is one of eight states in the country that do not require licensing of any kind in order to perform the duties included in bounty hunting and bail bondsman work.
However, in order to perform the work of a bounty hunter or bail bondsman in the state, a person must first register with the state and gain approval from the Massachusetts Supreme Court before issuing bail bonds or engaging in bounty hunting, which is not a common practice in the other seven states that do not require licensing.
Bounty Hunter Salary in Massachusetts
In the entire state of Massachusetts, a bounty hunter earns an average annual salary of $74,000, but this figure can vary from region to region. It is important to note that bounty hunters typically do not earn a traditional, hourly wage but rather earn their money through a percentage obtained from each bounty they bring in.
The following is the average annual salaries for bounty hunters in the largest cities in the state, according to salary aggregation website Indeed.com:
- Boston: $75,000
- Worcester: $64,000
- Springfield: $70,000
- Cambridge: $75,000
- Lowell: $74,000
Bail Bondsman Salary in Massachusetts
Bail bondsmen may make their money from a traditional salary, as well as a percentage obtained from each bail bond issued. However, this is only the case for salaried employees. Those that operate independent firms are paid only for the fee associated with the bonds they issue.
The following is the average yearly base earnings for bail bondsmen in the largest cities in Massachusetts:
- Boston: $42,000
- Worcester: $35,000
- Springfield: $39,000
- Cambridge: $42,000
- Lowell: $41,000