6. Bounty Hunter: Around $60,000
If you’re unsure of what it is exactly that a bounty hunter does for a living, think of Christoph Waltz’s character, Dr. King Shultz, in Django Unchained—only perhaps slightly less hilarious. In simple terms, a bounty hunter is a skilled professional hired by a bail bondsman to capture a fugitive.
It’s a good profession for people interested in using their more cunning side to help the forces of justice, and it can pay pretty well. In most states, bounty hunters are licensed and/or registered professionals that play an important role in the criminal justice system. Aspiring bounty hunters should avoid Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon and Illinois, where the profession is banned.