Loss Prevention Agent Salary

The average Loss Prevention Agent in the United States earns approximately $11.77 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.87 per hour to $15.89. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but tenure and location are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Loss Prevention Agents greatly outnumber their female counterparts. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,588 - $55,643
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,731
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$8.87 - $15.89
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,588 - $55,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
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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$18,798 - $37,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.87 - $15.89  
   
Overtime
$10.05 - $24.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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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$18,798 - $37,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 492

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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


Dominating the field, Macy's, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation, The Gap Inc., and IKEA are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Loss Prevention Agents. For Loss Prevention Agents, comfortable salaries can be found at Nordstrom, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $29K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($19K versus $38K) is great.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Sears Holdings Corporation offers the lowest median salary at $21K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $16K and $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. For Loss Prevention Agents, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $26K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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

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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 36%