Bail Bondsmen

When someone is arrested for a crime, a bail bondsman (also known as a bail agent or bail bonding agent) pays the bail so that person can go free until it is time for the trial. The bondsman charges a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total cash bond assigned by the court. If the person doesn't appear for trial, the bondsman must either find the person or hire someone, known as a bail enforcement agent, fugitive recovery agent, or bounty hunter, to find the person and bring him or her back. Because the work bondsmen do relies on criminal activities, larger cities have the greatest need for bondsmen. Approximately 15,500 bail bondsmen are members of Professional Bail Agents of the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bail Agents, Bail Bonding Agents
Duties Pay the bail for those who are accused of crimes so that the person can go free until it is time for the trial; track down bail jumpers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Government
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
Experience Course work training; internship
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervising Bondsman or Business Owner
  • Bail Bondsman
  • Insurance Sales Agent or Risk Analyst

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