Speech-Language Pathology Salary in West Virginia

Experienced speech-language pathologists in West Virginia earned an average salary of $73,638 ($35.41 hourly) as of 2016 according to the state’s Department of Commerce. Throughout the state, SLPs earned $63,637 ($30.60 hourly) on average that year.

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The Department provides detailed salary and hourly wage information for speech-language pathologists in West Virginia by region. In comparing earnings from throughout the state, salaries were found to be exceptionally high in the Southeast region of the state (ranges shown from average to 70th percentile):

Kanawha County:

  • Annual: $60,460 – $67,152
  • Hourly: $29.07 – $32.28

North:

  • Annual: $66,055 – $79,463
  • Hourly: $31.75 – $38.21

Northeast:

  • Annual: $65,836 – $75,058
  • Hourly: $31.65 – $36.09

Northwest:

  • Annual: $57,873 – $65,161
  • Hourly: $27.83 – $31.34

Panhandle:

  • Annual: $58,323 – $65,804
  • Hourly: $28.04 – $31.63

Southeast:

  • Annual: $70,604 – $84,111
  • Hourly: $33.94 – $40.44

Southwest:

  • Annual: $66,038 – $76,413
  • Hourly: $31.75 – $36.73

A High Concentration of SLPs and More than 2,300 Employers in West Virginia

West Virginia boasted the 4th highest concentration of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Two metropolitan areas had particularly high concentrations:

  • 3rd—Cumberland
  • 7th—Parkersburg-Vienna

The SLP profession is “in demand” in the Southeastern and Southwestern parts of the state according to the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The Department expects the number of jobs for SLPs in the state to increase nearly 10% between 2014 and 2024. This level of growth should generate an average of 31 job openings each year during the ten-year period leading up to 2024.

The US Department of Labor in partnership with the private company Infogroup® detailed the number of organizations that employ speech-language pathologists in West Virginia. They identified 2,320 businesses, schools, and non-profit agencies that employ SLPs in this state. The major types of employers are shown below:

Healthcare Organizations:

  • Physical Therapists: 359
  • Home Health Services: 306
  • Hospitals: 142
  • Nursing and Convalescent Homes: 84
  • Health Care Facilities: 47
  • Speech Pathologists: 43
  • Hospices: 39
  • Medical Centers: 34
  • Audiologists: 29
  • Cancer Treatment Centers: 19

Schools:

  • Schools: 1076
  • Religious Schools: 54
  • School Districts: 11
  • Schools with Special Academic Education: 10

SLP Practices in West Virginia’s Major Cities:

Shown below are some of the speech-language pathology practices in West Virginia. Their presence here should not be construed as an indication that they are currently hiring:

Charleston:

  • Jennifer L. Dennison
  • Nichole Blankenship
  • Cara Stone
  • Scottish Rite Childhood

Huntington:

  • Bailey B. Clay
  • Carrie Lynn Childers
  • Kelly Rutherford
  • Lacie D. Casto
  • Sarah Clemins

Martinsburg:

  • City Hospital Smart Healthplex
  • Jamie Jones
  • Lynelle McFarland

Morgantown:

  • Morgantown Childhood Language
  • Jennifer Haines
  • Robert Ann Yauger

Parkersburg:

  • Catherine Beebe
  • Samantha Foggin

South Charleston:

  • Amber Rae Tincher

Speech-Language Pathology Salaries in West Virginia and Its Regions

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides annual salaries and hourly wages for speech-language pathologists in the major cities and rural areas of West Virginia as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Beckley WV
60
67210
Charleston WV
210
60500
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
180
66110
Morgantown WV
70
75780
Parkersburg-Vienna WV
90
57240
Weirton-Steubenville WV-OH
60
59150
Wheeling WV-OH
50
63310
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
80
73980
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
160
57880

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