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Use SmartAsset's paycheck calculator to calculate your take home pay per paycheck for both salary and hourly jobs after taking into account federal, state, and local taxes.

Overview of West Virginia Taxes

West Virginia has a progressive, five-bracket state income tax system with rates ranging from 3% to 6.5%. This top rate is right around the nationwide average. The tax brackets are determined by both income level and filing status.

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West Virginia Paycheck Calculator

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West Virginia Paycheck Quick Facts
  • West Virginia income tax rate: 3% - 6.5%
  • Median household income: $44,061 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0 (Seven cities have City Service User Fees)

How Your West Virginia Paycheck Works

Figuring out exactly how much will get on pay day is challenging because your employer withholds taxes from each of your paychecks. If you pay for other benefits, like healthcare, those payments will also come out of your paychecks. Here’s a breakdown of what, exactly, is coming out of your paychecks.

In West Virginia, your employer withholds money from your paychecks to pay for federal and state income taxes. How much you pay in federal income taxes depends on a variety of factors, including your salary, your marital status, how many allowances you claim and if you choose to have an additional dollar withholding. All of this information is on your W-4 form; that form is how your employer knows how much to withhold.

One thing to note is that withholding calculations changed for 2018 because of President Trump's new tax plan. All employers should have implemented the changes in early 2018. If you didn’t check your W-4 at the time, now is a good time to do so, just so you’re sure that your information is still correct.

Social Security and Medicare taxes will also come out of each paycheck. These taxes are withheld in accordance with the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and so you’ll hear them referred to as FICA taxes. Social Security tax is 12.4% of an employee’s wages. Half of this amount comes directly from the your paycheck, leaving your employer responsible for the remaining 6.2%. Medicare taxes work in the same way. You pay 1.45% of your salary and your employer supplies the other half.

Though most workers are only responsible for half of their FICA taxes, self-employed individuals and independent contractors must pay all of their own FICA taxes. Luckily, there is a deduction available during tax season so that self-employed workers can recoup some of the “employer” portion of their FICA taxes.

Going beyond federal, state and FICA taxes, your paycheck may be lower if you've made contributions toward a health savings account (HSA) or if you pay any premiums for an employer-sponsored health insurance plan. This holds true for retirement contributions to a 401(k) or 403(b), as well.

The frequency of your pay also impacts the size of your paycheck. If you get paid bi-weekly, your checks will be smaller but more frequent than if you get paid monthly.

West Virginia Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income
2017$44,061
2016$42,644
2015$41,751
2014$41,059
2013$41,253
2012$40,196
2011$38,482
2010$38,218
2009$37,435
2008$37,989

West Virginia has a progressive state income tax with rates from 3% to 6.5%, depending on taxpayers’ income level and filing status.

Within the five-bracket system, single and joint filers earning up to $10,000 in taxable income pay 3% in state tax. The top tax rate of 6.5% applies to taxable income over $60,000. The rates are the same for married people filing separately but the income levels are halved.

Compared with other states' income tax rates, West Virginia falls near the middle nationwide, as the state's top tax rate (6.5%) is the 18th highest in the U.S.

While no cities in West Virginia have a local income tax, several of them apply local City Service User Fees, which are deducted from the paychecks of people who work in those cities. Employers deduct these fees from your wages whether or not you’re a resident of the city and regardless of the number of hours you work. Self-employed workers are responsible for paying this fee themselves.

Charleston, Fairmont, Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Romney and Weirton all impose these fees on people working in their city limits. Romney charges the lowest fee at $1 per week. Workers in Fairmont and Weirton pay $2 per calendar week, although this amount varies if your pay isn't weekly. For instance, fees of $4 and $8.67 apply to bi-weekly and monthly pay periods (respectively) in Fairmont.

Parkersburg workers face a fee of $2.50 per calendar week deducted from their pay. Morgantown and Charleston have a fee of $3 per week. Huntington charges a fee of $5 per calendar week. It's noteworthy that these fees do not appear on workers' W-2 forms in the way that local income taxes do.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $25,0004.00%
$25,000 - $40,0004.50%
$40,000 - $60,0006.00%
$60,000+6.50%
Married, Filing Jointly
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $25,0004.00%
$25,000 - $40,0004.50%
$40,000 - $60,0006.00%
$60,000+6.50%
Married, Filing Separately
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $5,0003.00%
$5,000 - $12,5004.00%
$12,500 - $20,0004.50%
$20,000 - $30,0006.00%
$30,000+6.50%
Head of Household
West Virginia Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $25,0004.00%
$25,000 - $40,0004.50%
$40,000 - $60,0006.00%
$60,000+6.50%

How You Can Affect Your West Virginia Paycheck

If you always find yourself owing money to the IRS in April, it's a good idea to take a look at your W-4 form. You may be claiming more allowances than you qualify for and having too little money withheld for taxes. If this is the case, you can adjust how many allowances you are claiming. By claiming fewer allowances, you will have more money withheld for taxes. Your paychecks will be smaller, but you're less likely to have to pay the IRS during tax season and may even receive a refund.

You could also opt to have an additional dollar amount withheld from each of your paychecks if you are concerned about having to pay a bill in April. Say you want $50 withheld from each check; you can indicate that amount on your W-4, and your employer will withhold that amount from each paycheck going forward.

West Virginians also have the option of contributing to accounts like a 401(k) or HSA. The money you put into these accounts is deducted from your paycheck prior to taxes being applied, so by upping your contribution to these accounts, you are lowering your taxable income, which could help to reduce how much you owe in taxes.

If you are planning a move to West Virginia, understanding a new income tax code is just one of the many things you’ll have to think about. Our West Virginia mortgage guide has all the details about getting a mortgage in the Mountain State. It also offers information on mortgages for refinancing properties.

West Virginia Top Income Tax Rate

YearTop Income Tax Rate
20176.50%
20166.50%
20156.50%
20146.50%
20136.50%
20126.50%
20116.50%
20106.50%
20096.50%
20086.50%
20076.50%
20066.50%

Most Paycheck Friendly Places

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights the most paycheck friendly counties across the country. Zoom between states and the national map to see data points for each region, or look specifically at one of the four factors driving our analysis: Semi-Monthly Paycheck, Purchasing Power, Unemployment Rate, and Income Growth.

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Methodology Our study aims to find the most paycheck friendly places in the country. These are places in the country with favorable economic conditions where you get to keep more of the money you make. To find these places we considered four different factors: semi-monthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth.

First, we calculated the semi-monthly paycheck for a single individual with two personal allowances. We applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating income tax withholding. To better compare withholding across counties we assumed a $50,000 annual income. We then indexed the paycheck amount for each county to reflect the counties with the lowest withholding burden.

We then created a purchasing power index for each county. This reflects the counties with the highest ratio of household income to cost of living. We also created an unemployment rate index that shows the counties with the lowest unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income over five years for each county and indexed the results.

Finally, we calculated the weighted average of the indices to yield an overall paycheck friendliness score. We used a one half weighting for semi-monthly paycheck and a one-sixth weighting for purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth. We indexed the final number so higher values reflect the most paycheck friendly places.

Sources: SmartAsset, government websites, US Census Bureau 2017 5-Year American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics