Loss Prevention Agent Salary

Loss Prevention Agents in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.92 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.10 per hour on the lower end to $16.09 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by career duration and geographic location. While some workers in this profession — close to one-third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Most Loss Prevention Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Loss Prevention Agents are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,489 - $60,240

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$9.10 - $16.09

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,489 - $60,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$19,201 - $36,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $16.09  
   
Overtime
$10.86 - $24.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$19,201 - $36,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 432
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Loss Prevention Agents include Macy's, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., The Gap Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation, and Old Navy. The biggest paychecks can be found at Nordstrom, Inc. — the median salary there is $29K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $19K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $38K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $31K, Sears Holdings Corporation still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $21K, the lowest in the field.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. Loss Prevention Agents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $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
$26,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 34%
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