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Loss Prevention Agent Salary

The average Loss Prevention Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.78 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.02 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.02 on the higher side. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and geographic location are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. Most Loss Prevention Agents survey respondents are men (77 percent). Most Loss Prevention Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,190 - $59,141
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,754
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$9.02 - $16.02
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,190 - $59,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,233  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,047 - $37,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $16.02  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $24.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,233  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,047 - $37,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 472

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Job Description for Loss Prevention Agent

A loss prevention agent helps prevent theft, typically at a retail establishment. They are responsible for actively scanning the store to look for potential theft, using security equipment such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) and hidden cameras, as well as by moving around on the sales floor. Other duties of a loss prevention agent include following company guidelines to successfully apprehend shoplifters, as well as identifying and reporting theft to the authorities as required.

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Loss Prevention Agent Tasks

  • Internal and external theft prevention, and physical security such as alarm, locks, CCTV, etc.
  • Document evidence of wrongdoing for police and prepare internal reports.
  • Audit inventory and identify suspicious missing items and/or activities.
  • Plainclothes investigation and apprehension of shoplifters.
  • Monitor employees and customers for suspicious behavior and conduct bag checks.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Loss Prevention Agent


Known for taking on a considerable number of Loss Prevention Agents, Macy's, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation, The Gap Inc., and Old Navy are leading firms in the industry. Although Nordstrom, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $29K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $19K to $38K.

Sears Holdings Corporation offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $21K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $16K to $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $24K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. Loss Prevention Agents see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $26K.

Loss Prevention Agent Reviews

What is it like working as a Loss Prevention Agent at Macy's, Inc.?

Loss Prevention Agent in Denver:
"Macy's Security Is Great Work!"
Pros: This detective position is undercover, usually full time and very exciting work. This job is great for a young person who is serious about proving themselves and they can grow in an industry that is always respected. If you expect a lot from yourself this job is for you! You gotta be tough and willing to defend yourself. MOST of all you have to be able to make the right decision under extreme stress and physical danger. You will always be expected to perform perfectly because you create alot of potential legal liability while performing your role. This is a positive and a negative.
Cons: This job gives a strong sense of ownership and it can be easy to take the theft personally or worry about losses when you are not working. When you capture a shoplifter that expresses their feelings about being captured negatively your professionalism maybe tested. You will always be expected to perform perfectly because you create alot of potential legal liability while performing your role. This is a positive and a negative.

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Experience Affects Loss Prevention Agent Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$25,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 35%
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