Director of Loss Prevention Salary

Close to three-fourths of Directors of Loss Prevention in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $139K per year, and the average comes out to $82K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and the larger part have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Loss Prevention. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$46,365 - $127,143

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$47,608 - $138,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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Job Description for Director of Loss Prevention

Directors of loss prevention work primarily in retail organizations in which merchandise is in high demand, and their work is essential to these organizations to prevent loss of inventory. They are responsible for investigating situations in which products may be missing or stolen, as well as overseeing other loss prevention officers and performing audits throughout departments to ensure nothing has been stolen. They also record daily, weekly, and monthly reports for company executives which provide useful data to develop strategies to prevent the loss of stolen merchandise.


Director of Loss Prevention Tasks

  • Oversee store audits of merchandise and cash, and ensure audits comply with company policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and direct a team of loss prevention personnel, and evaluate the performance of individuals and the department.
  • Institute programs which reduce losses, such as discouraging internal dishonesty and teaching employees how to identify shoplifters.
  • Develop and implement strategies and technology for reducing shrink in all of a company’s stores.
  • Coordinate investigations of stolen merchandise, property, or cash, with local managers and the police.

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Typical Directors of Loss Prevention report a focused set of job skills. Inventory Control and Security Risk Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Security Risk Management and Inventory Control as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Loss Prevention

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $61K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $70K. Directors of Loss Prevention claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $92K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $102K.

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Experience Affects Director of Loss Prevention Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Loss Prevention Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 18%