Loss Prevention Agent Salary

For Loss Prevention Agents, hourly average wages total $12.12 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.37 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.04 on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Loss Prevention Agents greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,209 - $53,837
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$25K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,961
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$9.37 - $16.04
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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 (?
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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Loss Prevention Agents, Macy's, Inc., The Gap Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Nordstrom, Inc., and Sears Holdings Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Although Nordstrom, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $31K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $20K on the low end all the way up to $37K at the top. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Gap Inc. at $28K, Rite Aid Pharmacy at $27K, and IKEA, where Loss Prevention Agents annually earn $27K.

For Loss Prevention Agents, below-average salaries can be found at Sears Holdings Corporation; in fact, average earnings are around $21K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($16K versus $32K) is great. Macy's, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Old Navy are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $23K, $23K, and $27K.

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 $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Loss Prevention Agents report making only $26K on average.

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

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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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