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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 6.50%. 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: 3.00% - 6.50%
  • Median household income: $44,921 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0 (8 cities have City Service User Fees)

How Your West Virginia Paycheck Works

Figuring out exactly how much you 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, marital status and if you choose to have an additional dollar withholding. All of this information is on your W-4 form, which 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 2017 tax plan. All employers should have implemented the changes in early 2018. While there were no changes for 2019, it's always safe to check your W-4 just so you’re sure that your information is still correct.

However, the IRS made notable changes to the 2020 W-4. The new version removes the option of claiming allowances and substitutes it with a five-step process that asks filers to enter personal information, claim dependents and indicate any additional income or jobs. All employees hired as of Jan. 1, 2020 are required to complete the new withholding form. If you were hired before 2020, you only need to complete the form if you plan on adjusting your withholdings or changing jobs in 2020.

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), 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 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

West Virginia has a progressive state income tax with rates from 3% to 6.50%, 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 taxes. The top tax rate of 6.50% 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 of the pack.

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, Madison, Montgomery, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Weirton all impose these fees on people working in their city limits. Montgomery 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 $4.33 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. Madison, 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%
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%
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%
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%

A financial advisor in West Virginia can help you understand how taxes fit into your overall financial goals. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including retirement, homeownership, insurance and more, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

How You Can Affect Your West Virginia Paycheck

If you consistently find yourself owing money to the IRS in April, take a look over your W-4 form. You could opt to have an additional dollar amount withheld from each of your paychecks if you are concerned about having to pay a bill during tax time. Let's 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

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Most Paycheck Friendly Places

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

Rank County Semi-Monthly Paycheck Purchasing Power Unemployment Rate Income Growth

Methodology To find the most paycheck friendly places for counties across the country, we considered four 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, or greatest take-home pay.

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 index that shows the counties with the lowest rate of unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income throughout a five year period for each county and then 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 2018 American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics