Research Salaries in West Virginia

As in many states, those who are interested in teaching certification in West Virginia are often interested in the salaries they may receive from their prospective employers. Current state-mandated minimum salary schedules for those fulfilling different criteria are available online for those who are interested in this aspect of becoming a teacher in West Virginia. A West Virginia certified teacher is primarily paid depending on years of experience on the job. Also an important factor is the number of educational hours completed, as well as highest degree completed, by a West Virginia educator. While teachers with bachelor’s degrees meet the minimum teaching requirements in West Virginia, those teachers may also be interested in completing higher degrees to increase their pay.

The following spreadsheet contains data on how educator salaries in West Virginia compare to the national average. In most cases, a teacher in West Virginia will make less money than a teacher in another part of the country, though discrepancies in the cost of living between regions may mitigate this issue.

Occupation Annual mean wage in West Virginia Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $64,050 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $81,230 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $75,100 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $51,230 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $58,870 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $28,640 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $47,330 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $44,710 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $44,270 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $45,000 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $41,260 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $38,980 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $42,260 $39,370

Another thing that may affect how much a teacher is paid is the region of the state in which the teaching occurs. The following spreadsheet compares teaching salaries in a few major metropolitan areas of the state, showing that pay is comparable in most regions.

City Annual mean wage
Charleston, WV $45,140
Morgantown, WV $45,340
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area $44,630

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Alderson Broaddus College

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101 College Hill Drive
Philippi, WV 26416-2035
(304) 457-1700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Bethany College

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Main Street
Bethany, WV 26032
(304) 829-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Davis & Elkins College

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100 Campus Dr
Elkins, WV 26241-3996
(304) 637-1900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Marshall University

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1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, WV 25755
(800) 642-3463

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Shepherd University

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301 North King St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-3210
(304) 876-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of Charleston

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2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 357-4800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

West Virginia University

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Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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405 Fayette Pike
Montgomery, WV 25136
(304) 442-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

West Virginia Wesleyan College

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59 College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201-2994
(304) 473-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
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