Average Loss Prevention Agents in the United States make around $13.29 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geographic location are driving factors as well. Most Loss Prevention Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Loss Prevention Agents who answered the questionnnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,807 - $57,194
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$57K
MEDIAN: $30,701
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$10.19 - $17.22
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$23,807 - $57,194  
   
Bonus
$1,011  
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$21,568 - $37,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $17.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.05  
Overtime
$15.01 - $24.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$1,011  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,568 - $37,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Loss Prevention Agent


Known for taking on a considerable number of Loss Prevention Agents, The Gap Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Macy's, Inc., Old Navy, and Rite Aid Pharmacy are leading firms in the industry. Pay for Loss Prevention Agents is best at Nordstrom, Inc., which offers a median salary of $33K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $23K to $38K. Soaring salaries can also be found at IKEA, The Home Depot Inc., and The Gap Inc., where earnings of $31K, $30K, or $29K are standard for Loss Prevention Agents.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Macy's, Inc. at $25K, Old Navy at $27K, and Rite Aid Pharmacy, where $27K is the norm.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


Loss Prevention Agents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $27K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $30K. Loss Prevention Agents bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Loss Prevention Agent Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Loss Prevention Agent?

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.

Key Stats for Loss Prevention Agent

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
053
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Loss Prevention Agent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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