Loss Prevention Agent Salary

Median pay for Loss Prevention Agents in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.93 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.10 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.13. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geographic location. The majority of Loss Prevention Agents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Loss Prevention Agents greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,966 - $59,664
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,813
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$9.10 - $16.13
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$9
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$23,966 - $59,664  
   
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$0.00 - $1,922  
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$19,205 - $37,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $16.13  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $24.29  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $1,922  
   
Total Pay (?
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$19,205 - $37,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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 among the top companies that take on many Loss Prevention Agents. 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.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Sears Holdings Corporation — the median salary there is $21K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. Loss Prevention Agents bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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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National Average
$26,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 35%
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