Director of Loss Prevention Salary

Directors of Loss Prevention in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly three in four have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $47K to $142K per year, median earnings come to $82K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority of Directors of Loss Prevention (88 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, Directors of Loss Prevention enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,522 - $129,146
MEDIAN: $82,313

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$46,787 - $141,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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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Survey takers who work as Directors of Loss Prevention usually report a few specific skills. Security Risk Management and Inventory Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Inventory Control and Security Risk Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Loss Prevention

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

For many Directors of Loss Prevention, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $58K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $70K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Loss Prevention make a median salary of $90K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $103K.

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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 25 votes.


12 %
88 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 16%