What does a Loss Prevention Specialist 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.

Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

Loss Prevention Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,694 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
Median: $38K
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Loss Prevention Specialist Career Path

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

See Career Path

Loss Prevention Specialist Insights

Read what Loss Prevention Specialist 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”

Loss Prevention
Jan 7, 2021

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

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.”

See More

Loss Prevention Specialist Interviews

Related Careers

Material Handler
No skills overlap
Forklift Operator
No skills overlap
Warehouse Worker
No skills overlap
Security Officer
No skills overlap

Loss Prevention Specialist Jobs

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a loss prevention specialist

The most similar professions to loss prevention specialist are:
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Security Officer