Salary Report for West Virginia Forensic Psychologists
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Compare West Virginia to U.S.
West Virginia Forensic Psychologists earn an average of $55,990 which is 42% less than the national average salary of $98,010.
|Type||West Virginia||U.S.||% Difference|
|Average Hourly Wage||$26.92||$47.12||-42.87%|
|Average Annual Salary||$55,990||$98,010||-42.87%|
Salary Range by Education and Experience
In West Virginia, 50% of Forensic Psychologists earn between $39,050 and $51,130 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.
About 10% of Forensic Psychologists earn more than $110,550, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Forensic Psychologists.
Approximately 10% of Forensic Psychologists earn under $31,140, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Forensic Psychologists.
|10%||Less than a Year||32||Under $31,140|
|15%||2 – 4 years||48||$31,140 – $39,050|
|25%||5 – 9 years||80||$39,050 – $40,730|
|25%||10 – 14 years||80||$40,730 – $51,130|
|15%||15 – 20 years||48||$40,730 – $110,550|
|10%||20+ years||32||Above $110,550|
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living
After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Forensic Psychologists in West Virginia psychologists earn about $63,654 per year which is less than the average U.S. psychologist of $98,010.
Cost-of-living in West Virginia is 12% less than the national average, which means West Virginia residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.
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Salary Compared to Related Professions
With an average annual salary of $55,990, West Virginia Forensic Psychologists tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($63,410), and School Psychologists ($61,210).
However, Forensic Psychologists tend to earn more than Social Workers ($41,230), Substance Abuse Counselors ($41,520), Marriage and Family Therapists ($43,550), Psychology Teachers ($54,450), and Health Care Social Workers ($54,830).
|Clinical and Counseling Psychologists||$63,410|
|Health Care Social Workers||$54,830|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||$43,550|
|Substance Abuse Counselors||$41,520|
Projected Demand for Psychologists in 2030
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that in West Virginia the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Social Workers (2,000), Substance Abuse Counselors (1,880) and Forensic Psychologists (1,120).
The three professions in West Virginia needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (27.9%), Marriage and Family Therapists (23.1%) and Health Care Social Workers (13.6%).
|Substance Abuse Counselors||1,470||1,880||27.9%||200|
|Health Care Social Workers||880||1,000||13.6%||100|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||130||160||23.1%||20|
Salaries Ranked by West Virginia Cities
The average salary for Forensic Psychologists in West Virginia is $55,990. The top cities that pay Forensic Psychologists the most are Huntington-Ashland ($71,280), Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area ($50,080) and Northern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area ($47,830).
When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Forensic Psychologists the highest average annual salary are Huntington-Ashland ($82,386), Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area ($59,029) and Northern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area ($56,377).
The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Forensic Psychologists in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.
The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a Forensic Psychologists salary will have in that area.
|Area||Average Salary||COL Adjusted||Difference|
|Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area||$50,080||$59,029||$8,949|
|Northern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area||$47,830||$56,377||$8,547|
Salary FAQ for West Virginia Forensic Psychologists
City and Rural Summaries
Average Forensic Psychologists Salary: $44,680
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $50,332
Hourly Wage: $21.48
Currently Employed: 40
Cost-of-Living Index: 88.77
Charleston Salary Report
Average Forensic Psychologists Salary: $71,280
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $82,386
Hourly Wage: $34
Currently Employed: 50
Cost-of-Living Index: 86.52
Huntington-Ashland Salary Report
Northern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area
Average Forensic Psychologists Salary: $47,830
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $56,377
Hourly Wage: $23.00
Currently Employed: 70
Cost-of-Living Index: 84.84
Northern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report
Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area
Average Forensic Psychologists Salary: $50,080
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $59,029
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 30
Cost-of-Living Index: 84.84
Southern West Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report