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Loss Prevention Agent Salary (United States)

A typical Loss Prevention Agent in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.50 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.64 per hour, and the top verges on $15.47. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by career length and location. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, two in five claim no health benefits at all. Male Loss Prevention Agents are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Loss Prevention Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Loss Prevention Agent Salary (?
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$25,760 - $53,481
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,507
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Loss Prevention Agent Salary (?
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$8.64 - $15.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,760 - $53,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,221  
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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$18,316 - $35,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.64 - $15.47  
   
Overtime
$10.25 - $23.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,221  
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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$18,316 - $35,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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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

Loss Prevention Agents flock to Nordstrom, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $29K lead the pack in compensation; however, Nordstrom, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $19K at one end to $38K at the other end.
Salaries are easily beat at Sears Holdings Corporation, where median pay comes to just $20K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $16K and ending at $27K, range in salary is rather small. Macy's, Inc. also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$25,000
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Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Loss Prevention Agents, 18 percent higher than the national average. Loss Prevention Agents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent) and Los Angeles (+9 percent).

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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National Average
$25,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 39%