Nearing the top of the pay scale are Associate Professors, Aerospace Engineers, Assistant Professors, and Clinical Social Workers; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $88K per year, the other salaries come in at about $64K, $60K, and $51K, respectively. West Virginia University (WVU) hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Dental Assistants (around $38K on average).
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $49K annually on average. The largest fraction of West Virginia University (WVU) people (28 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn $41K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $55K annually) can be spotted in Charleston, W.Va.; Fairmont, W.Va. ($50K), Pittsburgh, Pa. (approximately $49K), and the company's headquarter city of Morgantown, W.Va. ($46K) are the next top-paying cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Pennsylvania, where they average to around $49K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $51K annually for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming a Licensed Graduate Social Worker can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $47K on average. At West Virginia University (WVU), employees who hold a medical degree receive the highest salaries at $293K.
Employees who count Federal Grants among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $68K per year. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Office; on the survey, roughly an eighth of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Key skills also include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three workers receive paid vacation and sick leave. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for almost all employees, and for a majority of respondents, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.