Associate Professors rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $88K annually; Aerospace Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $64K, while Assistant Professors and Clinical Social Workers rank near the top as well ($60K and about $51K, respectively). Near the bottom at West Virginia University (WVU) are Dental Assistants, pulling in an average of just around $38K.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $48K per year. The largest fraction of West Virginia University (WVU) people (30 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn approximately $41K annually on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $55K per year) can be spotted in Charleston, W.Va.; Fairmont, W.Va. ($50K), Pittsburgh, Pa. ($49K), and the company's headquarter city of Morgantown, W.Va. ($45K) are the next top-paying cities. Within the firm, employees working in Pennsylvania take home the most — around $49K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker certainly has its perks — salaries approach $51K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Licensed Graduate Social Worker certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $47K annually on average. Regarding salaries and education, West Virginia University (WVU) pays those with a medical degree the most — about $293K.
Employees who count Federal Grants among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $68K per year. A relatively widespread skill at West Virginia University (WVU) is Microsoft Office; nearly one in eight of employees use it for work. Key skills also include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use.
Benefits and Perks
The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only 31 percent report compensation for sick days and vacation time. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. For the vast majority of workers, benefits include health insurance, and a majority of employees get dental coverage, too. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.