Salaries for Detectives, Homicide Detectives, Criminologists and Criminal Investigators in West Virginia

Data published by West Virginia WorkForce, which is the state’s labor market information website, average salaries for detectives, homicide detectives, criminologists and criminal investigators in West Virginia range between $31,961 and $66,944. At the entry level, criminal investigators are averaging $31,961, but at the experienced level they are averaging $66,944. The average of all experience levels statewide is $55,282.

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It’s also important to note that salary tends to fluctuate by city and/or county. Here is a look at some of the local salary data compiled by West Virginia WorkForce:

Workforce Investment Area 2 (Cabell County, Wayne County; Includes Huntington)

  • Entry: $30,724
  • Median: $34,817
  • Average: $37,129
  • Experienced: $40,332

Workforce Investment Area 3 (Kanawha County; Includes Charleston)

  • Entry: $54,991
  • Median: $103,881
  • Average: $93,457
  • Experienced: $112,691

Workforce Investment Area 4 (Includes Wood County, Parkersburg)

  • Entry: $33,571
  • Median: $43,279
  • Average: $56,843
  • Experienced: $68,479

In addition, salary figures among criminal investigators in West Virginia collected by the U.S. Department of Labor are shown in this table:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston WV
140
59110
Hagerstown-Martinsburg MD-WV
30
71940
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
50
71810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
4500
113710
Wheeling WV-OH
30
61090
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
40
42340
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
60
63120

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