Directors of Loss Prevention in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than three-quarters have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $44K to $139K per year, median earnings come to $79K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Directors of Loss Prevention like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority have medical and dental plans, and the greater part have vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,206 - $127,875
MEDIAN: $79,101

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$44,206 - $127,875  
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$44,454 - $139,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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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

  • Supervise and direct a team of loss prevention personnel, and evaluate the performance of individuals and the department.
  • 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.
  • Institute programs which reduce losses, such as discouraging internal dishonesty and teaching employees how to identify shoplifters.
  • Oversee store audits of merchandise and cash, and ensure audits comply with company policies and procedures.

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Pay by Experience Level for Director of Loss Prevention

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

Directors of Loss Prevention with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $69K. Directors of Loss Prevention claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $85K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $86K on average.

Director of Loss Prevention Advice

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Director of Loss Prevention in Jacksonville:
"Work hard and put the right people right positions."
Always prioritize your company's best interests. Work hard and ensure that you place people based on their skill sets and merit and not based on relationships. The production of your team will dictate whether your success will grow or flounder.

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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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Forensic Interviewing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.


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92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 15%