Loss Prevention Agent Salary

For Loss Prevention Agents, hourly average wages total $13.47 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and geographic location are driving factors as well. Most Loss Prevention Agents survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most Loss Prevention Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,679 - $57,808
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$30K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,022
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$10.72 - $17.63
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$0$57K
Salary $23,679 - $57,808
Bonus $1,000
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$22,490 - $38,393
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $10.72 - $17.63
Overtime $15.66 - $24.00
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $1,000
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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$22,490 - $38,393
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 209

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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

  • Plainclothes investigation and apprehension of shoplifters.
  • Monitor employees and customers for suspicious behavior and conduct bag checks.
  • Audit inventory and identify suspicious missing items and/or activities.
  • Internal and external theft prevention, and physical security such as alarm, locks, CCTV, etc.
  • Document evidence of wrongdoing for police and prepare internal reports.

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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., The Gap Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Old Navy, and Rite Aid Pharmacy. For Loss Prevention Agents, comfortable salaries can be found at Nordstrom, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $33K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include IKEA, The Home Depot Inc., and The Gap Inc., where Loss Prevention Agents typically earn around $31K, $30K, or $29K, respectively.

Macy's, Inc., Old Navy and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $25K, $27K, and $27K.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

Pay by Experience for a Loss Prevention Agent has a positive trend. An entry-level Loss Prevention Agent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 173 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Loss Prevention Agent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 70 salaries. An experienced Loss Prevention Agent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 26 salaries. A Loss Prevention Agent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 9 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,401

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

Loss Prevention Agents will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tucson (5 percent less) and New York (4 percent less).

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Loss Prevention Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$28,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 27%
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