When Dog the Bounty Hunter inserted himself into the search for Brian Laundrie, the response was rather unprecedented. A large audience had their gripes about his “return to fame.” Others welcomed the past reality star’s return and even hoped for a new show, though it wouldn’t be the same without Beth Chapman. Love him or hate him, the bottom line is that he gets people talking.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Isn’t Just Any Ordinary Bail Guy
Many states do not accept an official title of “Bounty Hunter” (as seen with Florida). For this reason, some people refer to Dog the Bounty Hunter as a bail bondsman for his past experience instead. Now, apparently, others who share this title find a median salary of just over $50k per year.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics actually categorizes the job alongside private detective and investigator titles. Most of these individuals actually have at least some formal training and certification(s) to back them up. Dog the Bounty Hunter lacks in both areas, but that doesn’t stop him from having a net worth greater than some of his “coworkers” might ever see in a lifetime.
That’s right, the famed Celebrity Net Worth site estimates Dog the Bounty Hunter’s net worth in the millions. The actual number falls somewhere in the $6 million range. And it seems most of the money does actually come from his entertainer persona. In addition to guest-starring on multiple shows like “Hawaii Five-O” and “My Name Is Earl,” Dog’s also authored two books. His 2007 “You Can Run but You Can’t Hide” actually went on to debut #1 on the New York Times bestseller list at one point.
As for his own shows, Dog’s original show launched in 2004 on A&E. had a series on CMT called “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” It featured the reality star, his wife, and their son tracking down criminals. The show ran for three seasons and was canceled in 2016. He then had a short-lived series called “Dog’s Most Wanted” that aired for one season.
Dog and The Law
Dog’s had a bit of a tumultuous relationship with the law since before he entered the world of bounty hunting. It’s actually what inspired him to pursue this path in the first place. Back in 1976, Dog was tied to a first-degree murder and sentenced to five years in prison. He only served 18 months at a Texas State Penitentiary before getting paroled in January of 1979. During this period, his wife LaFonda divorced him. Despite the bad luck, here he reportedly found inspiration from a prison guard to pursue bounty hunting. They credit thousands of captures to his name now.