What does a Loss Prevention do?

Loss prevention specialists are responsible for preventing and minimizing theft, fraud, inventory shrinkage, and other incidents that result in a loss to the company. They control and monitor video surveillance systems. They implement loss prevention measures and configure fraud detection programs and safeguards. Their role also involves training other staff members on theft detection and prevention strategies. They manage and maintain video archives to be used as evidence if needed.

Loss prevention specialists have a high school diploma and ideally have a background in security or asset protection. They must know or be willing to research state and federal laws related to theft prevention. Familiarity with video surveillance systems and electronic loss prevention tools is helpful. These roles require the ability to stay calm in stressful situations.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Loss Prevention Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,158 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$30K
Median: $40K
$54K
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Loss Prevention Career Path

Learn how to become a Loss Prevention, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Loss Prevention
$40,158/yr
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Loss Prevention Insights

Read what Loss Prevention professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
iMedia BrandsiMedia Brands
Loss Prevention Manager
Dec. 17, 2019

“The only way to get a good raise is a significant promotion or to have friends in high places.”

La Maison SimonsLa Maison Simons
Loss Prevention Officer
Sep. 4, 2020

“Almost zero chance of moving up in the company or any real meaningful career development.”

US Marine CorpsUS Marine Corps
Prevention Specialist
Nov. 1, 2019

“Can be highly variable and stressful .”

J. C. PenneyJ. C. Penney
Area Loss Prevention Manager
Dec. 17, 2019

“Good hours and pay.”

Paladin Security GroupPaladin Security Group
Loss Prevention Officer
May 3, 2021

“Severely underpaid considering our job is to confront potentially violent shoplifters for only slightly above minimum wage”

DebenhamsDebenhams
Loss Prevention
Jan. 7, 2021

“The people I work with are great and are fun to work with.”

DTiQDTiQ
Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Dec. 22, 2021

“You make your own schedule and if you perform supervision is minimal.”

Marriott InternationalMarriott International
Loss Prevention Officer
Oct. 29, 2021

“Everyone was nice and have pride in their roles.”

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Loss Prevention Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a loss prevention

When working as a loss prevention, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Outlook, Ability to Collaborate, Excellent Customer Service and Urgency.

The most similar professions to loss prevention are:
  • Security Officer
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Manager
  • Information Security Analyst

The most common qualifications to become a loss prevention is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.