Loss Prevention Agent Salary

Loss Prevention Agents in the United States take home an average $11.90 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.10 per hour and $16.08. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by years of experience and geographic location. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Loss Prevention Agents greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Loss Prevention Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,190 - $59,141
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$24K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,813
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$9.10 - $16.08
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,190 - $59,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,977  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$19,208 - $37,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $16.08  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $24.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $1,500  
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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$19,208 - $37,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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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


Macy's, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., The Gap Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation, and Old Navy are all popular places to work. Although Nordstrom, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $29K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $19K on the low end all the way up to $38K at the top.

Sears Holdings Corporation offers the least money; the median income there is just $21K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $29K. Loss Prevention Agents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Loss Prevention Agents report making only $26K on average.

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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National Average
$26,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 35%
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