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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%. The tax brackets are determined by both income level and filing status.

This calculator reflects the 2018 federal withholding tax changes.
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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: $42,644 (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

Perhaps you’ve recently relocated to West Virginia from another state. Or maybe you’re a West Virginia native who started a new job or just received a promotion. Either way you may find yourself a little unsure of what to expect from your paycheck. That’s because figuring out how much you will be paid isn’t as simple as dividing your salary by the number of times you’re going to get paid. Every time you receive a paycheck, you’ll see that money has been deducted from it for taxes and possibly other contribution, as well.

In West Virginia, federal and state income taxes will both have an impact on your paycheck. This withheld money goes toward public expenses and needs at the federal and state level.

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. Your employer looks to the information you provide on your W-4 form to determine how much should be withheld from your paycheck for federal taxes.

Withholding calculations have also changed for 2018 because of President Trump's new tax plan. The IRS released new withholding guidelines in January, to reflect the new tax plan, and taxpayers should have seen changes to their paychecks starting in February 2018. For the time being, you do not need to fill out a new W-4. Your employer will use the withholdings on your current form. It is a good idea to periodically check your W-4 to make sure it reflects your current situation.

You will also have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. These taxes are withheld in accordance with the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). Social Security tax is 12.4% of an employee’s wages. Half of this amount comes directly from the employee’s paycheck, leaving the employer responsible for the remaining 6.2%. Medicare taxes work in the same way. Employees pay 1.45% of their salary and employers supplement an additional 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 since these workers do not have separate employers to contribute the remaining half.

Going beyond federal, state and FICA taxes, your paycheck may be lower if you've made contributions toward a health savings account 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

Paying state income taxes might be an unfamiliar process for you if you’re freshly relocated to the Mountain State from Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington or Wyoming as these states do not levy any state income tax.

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 workers’ paychecks. Regardless of if you’re a resident of the city or not, or the number of hours you work, your employer will withhold this fee from your wages. 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. Fees of $4.33 and $8.67 apply to bi-weekly and monthly pay periods respectively in Fairmont, and in Weirton it's $4.33 and $8.66.

Parkersburg workers face a fee of $2.50 per calendar week deducted from their pay. Morgantown's fee is $3 per week. Huntington and Charleston both charge 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%

How You Can Affect Your West Virginia Paycheck

If you are hoping to boost your West Virginia paycheck, you may want to start by asking your employer for a raise or by working additional hours if you are eligible for overtime.

If you find yourself always 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 from each of your paychecks. 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 so 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.

West Virginians also have the option of contributing to accounts like a 401(k) or Health Savings Account. 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 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.

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

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 2016 5-Year American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics