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Loss Prevention Agent Salary

Loss Prevention Agents in the United States can expect wages of $11.62 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $8.75 per hour and $15.53. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by career duration and geographic location. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Loss Prevention Agents who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Loss Prevention Agents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$24,903 - $57,345
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$57K
MEDIAN: $36,216
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$8.75 - $15.53
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,903 - $57,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
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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$18,551 - $36,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.75 - $15.53  
   
Overtime
$11.12 - $23.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
   
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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$18,551 - $36,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 564
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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 Macy's, Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation, Nordstrom, Inc., The Gap Inc., and IKEA, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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.

Although Sears Holdings Corporation hands out the lowest average salary in town at $21K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $16K or as much as $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Loss Prevention Agent

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $24K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $28K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $27K 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.

Experience Affects Loss Prevention Agent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 38%