Loss Prevention Agent Salary

Loss Prevention Agents in the United States pull down an average of $13.48 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career duration and location have a (lesser) impact as well. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Loss Prevention Agents greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Loss Prevention Agents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,679 - $60,173
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$60K
MEDIAN: $30,521
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$10.57 - $17.85
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$0$60K
Salary $23,679 - $60,173
Bonus $151.01 - $7,450
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$22,200 - $38,898
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $10.57 - $17.85
Overtime $15.65 - $23.88
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $151.01 - $7,450
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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$22,200 - $38,898
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 211

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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.

Loss Prevention Agent Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Loss Prevention Agent


Loss Prevention Agents fill the offices of leading firms Macy's, Inc., The Gap Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Old Navy, and Rite Aid Pharmacy. Nordstrom, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $33K. Soaring salaries can also be found at IKEA, The Home Depot Inc., and The Gap Inc., where earnings of $31K, $30K, or $29K are standard for Loss Prevention Agents.

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: $28,230

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

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Loss Prevention Agents, 15 percent above the national average. Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Tucson (5 percent lower) and New York (4 percent lower).

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
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Loss Prevention Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$28,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 28%
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