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Bail Bondsmen

Earnings

Most bondsmen have their own businesses, and earnings vary according to how much time and effort is invested in the job. Another important factor influencing the earnings of bail bondsmen is the number of their clients who show up for their court dates. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, a research institute in Dallas, 95 percent of a bondsman's clients must show up in court for the business to be successful. In March 2016, Indeed.com reported the median salary for bail bond agents was $39,000. PayScale.com reported that an entry level bail bonding agent with less than a year of experience who was employed in Miami, Fla. had a median salary of $51,801 with the bottom 10 percent of bail bondsmen making $23,000 or less and top 10 percent of bail bondsmen making $210,000 or more. The bails set for many common charges, such as driving under the influence and drug possession, are often not extremely high, perhaps ranging from $500 or $600 to $3,000 or $4,000. In these cases a bondsman would earn $50 or $60 to $300 or $400, and because of these low amounts, a bondsman must successfully handle quite a few cases a year to make a substantial living.

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