Loss Prevention Agent Salary

The average Loss Prevention Agent in the United States earns approximately $12.12 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.37 per hour and $16.04. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though career duration and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Loss Prevention Agents survey respondents are men (78 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,209 - $53,837
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,961
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$9.37 - $16.04
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$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,209 - $53,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
Profit Sharing
$350.00  
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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$19,767 - $36,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.37 - $16.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.05  
Overtime
$12.12 - $24.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00  
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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$19,767 - $36,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 404
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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., The Gap Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., and Sears Holdings Corporation are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Nordstrom, Inc. — the median salary there is $31K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $20K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $37K. The Gap Inc., Rite Aid Pharmacy, and IKEA are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Loss Prevention Agents earning around $28K, $27K, or $27K at each firm, respectively.

Bringing up the rear, Sears Holdings Corporation's median pay of $21K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $32K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Macy's, Inc. ($23K), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($23K), and Old Navy ($27K).

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. On average, Loss Prevention Agents make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $26K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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