Loss Prevention Agent Salary

Pay for Loss Prevention Agents in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.31 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though years of experience and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Loss Prevention Agents who answered the questionnnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$23,679 - $57,808
$24K
$31K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,723
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$10.40 - $17.22
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$17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,679 - $57,808  
   
Bonus
$1,011  
Total Pay (?
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$22,154 - $37,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $17.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.05  
Overtime
$15.10 - $24.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$1,011  
   
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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$22,154 - $37,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 219

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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., The Gap Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Old Navy, and Rite Aid Pharmacy are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Loss Prevention Agents. The biggest paychecks can be found at Nordstrom, Inc. — the median salary there is $33K. Loss Prevention Agents can also look forward to large paychecks at IKEA ($31K), The Home Depot Inc. ($30K), and The Gap Inc. ($29K).

Macy's, Inc., Old Navy, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $25K, $27K, and $27K-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


For many Loss Prevention Agents, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. Loss Prevention Agents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. As Loss Prevention Agents reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,207

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Loss Prevention Agents, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Loss Prevention Agents will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+1 percent) and Phoenix (+1 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Tucson and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Loss Prevention Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$28,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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