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Bounty Hunter and Bail Bondsman Salaries in Texas

With several of the largest cities in the country plus the biggest land mass of any state below Canada, there is plenty of work for bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in the Lone Star State. Candidates interested in these occupations will of course be curious about the earning potentials for these fields, which vary from person to person and agency to agency.

Bounty hunters and bail bondsmen can earn a salary as well as a commission, and the figures in this report represent only the salary portion of earnings. Calculating average percentage commissions are more difficult because these tend to have a wide variation and are reported differently from salaries.

Bounty Hunter Salary in Texas

Bounty hunters in Texas, also known as fugitive recovery agents, earn some of the highest salaries for their field in the country. An analysis of real-time data including job descriptions and position advertisements currently puts the average yearly salary of Texas bounty hunters at the following:

  • Statewide $45,000
  • Houston $50,000
  • Dallas $46,000
  • Austin $42,000
  • Fort Worth $42,000
  • El Paso $37,000
  • Arlington $46,000
  • Corpus Christi $33,000
  • Plano $46,000
  • Laredo $29,000
  • Lubbock $29,000
  • Amarillo $50,000

Bail Bondsman Salary in Texas

On top of his or her salary, a bail bondsman usually will earn at least 10 percent of their clients’ original bail amount, and this amount can be higher depending on additional risk factors. These profits which account for a significant source of revenue are not reflected in the following average yearly entry-level salary numbers:

  • Statewide $23,000
  • Houston $25,000
  • Dallas $23,000
  • Austin $21,000
  • Fort Worth $21,000
  • El Paso $18,000
  • Arlington $23,000
  • Corpus Christi $16,000
  • Plano $23,000
  • Laredo $14,000
  • Lubbock $15,000
  • Amarillo $25,000