Bounty Hunters


Bounty Hunters


Bounty hunters, also known as bail enforcement agents or fugitive recovery agents, track down and return individuals who are fugitives from justice. People who get arrested are often given the opportunity to post bail money so they can go free while waiting for a hearing or trial. When these people post the bail money, they are promising that they will return on the assigned court date. If they do not return on that date, they lose their bail money (or the bail bondsman loses his) and become fugitives from justice....

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Any prior experience in law enforcement



Business Management


Personality Traits



The bounty hunting business, like any other, takes time to develop, and bounty hunters who start their own agencies have many out-of-pocket expenses for items such as handcuffs and advertising. Some may end up losing money or only earning enough to break even. For those who manage to build up a business, however, earnings can be quite good.

In October 2019, reported the averag...

Work Environment

Bounty hunters spend much of their time traveling in search of a fugitive or waiting for hours for a fugitive to appear. Because apprehending a fugitive is easiest in the middle of the night or early morning, the bounty hunter keeps odd hours and may work especially long hours when close to capturing a fugitive. A bail enforcement agent works on an as-needed basis, so there may be stretches of ...


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment growth for private detectives and investigators, a related field, will be faster than the average for all careers through 2028. Employment for bounty hunters is expected to be good in the coming years, although this field has a narrow niche in the bail bonding business. Competition among bail enforcement agents continues to propel the field as a ...