Criminal Justice in West Virginia

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in West Virginia


Approximately 2.5% of graduates in of West Virginia receive criminal justice degrees every year. Thus, West Virginia's 22 criminal justice schools put out approximately 1,339 criminal justice professionals each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in West Virginia with a criminal justice program is Marshall University, which is located in Huntington. In 2010, it was ranked 38th nationwide. 60 students graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Marshall University in 2010. Students at Marshall University paid $5,285 per year in tuition fees.

West Virginia Wesleyan College, which was ranked 42nd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in West Virginia that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Buckhannon. In 2010, West Virginia Wesleyan College graduated 5 students from its criminal justice program. Students at West Virginia Wesleyan College paid $23,980 per year in tuition fees.

West Liberty University, which was ranked 42nd nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in West Virginia that has a criminal justice program. It is located in West Liberty. 25 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from West Liberty University in 2010. Students at West Liberty University paid $4,880 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

Criminal justice schools in West Virginia, charge students an average tuition of $7,006 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $24,980 per year, or as little as $2,076 per year. In 2010, the following West Virginia criminal justice schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Wheeling Jesuit University - located in Wheeling, students are charged $24,980 per year
  2. West Virginia Wesleyan College - located in Buckhannon, students are charged $23,980 per year
  3. ITT Technical Institute - located in Huntington, students are charged $18,048 per year

The lowest tuition rates at West Virginia criminal justice schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. West Virginia University at Parkersburg - located in Parkersburg, students are charged $2,076 per year
  2. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College - located in Mount Gay, students are charged $2,122 per year
  3. West Virginia Northern Community College - located in Wheeling, students are charged $2,358 per year

A criminal justice degree from a West Virginia school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs criminal justice graduates in West Virginia pursue include private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal. West Virginia had 7,880 criminal justice professionals in 2010. 390 of these criminal justice professionals were special agents, were private detectives, and 5,070 were security guards. The largest populations of West Virginia criminal justice professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Boone County - 2,630 criminal justice professionals
  2. Fayette County - 1,290 criminal justice professionals
  3. Barbour County - 880 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 9,450 criminal justice professionals will be working in West Virginia. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 8%.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in West Virginia make an average of $35,192 per year. But, salaries for criminal justice professional can vary. In 2010, criminal justice professional made as little as less than $15,690 per year or as much as more than $115,900 per year in West Virginia. Criminal justice professionals in the following West Virginia counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Boyd County - $38,560 per year
  2. Boone County - $37,947 per year
  3. Barbour County - $36,143 per year

On average, criminal justice professionals earn the least in the following West Virginia counties:

  1. Belmont County - $29,210 per year
  2. Monongalia County - $29,455 per year
  3. Washington County - $29,845 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in West Virginia were:

  1. Special Agent - $54,290 per year
  2. Paralegal - $36,230 per year
  3. Private Detective - $33,530 per year

On average, the lowest paid criminal justice professionals in West Virginia were:

  1. Bailiff - $29,340 per year
  2. Security Guard - $22,570 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in criminal justice in West Virginia and to compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in West Virginia
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in West Virginia
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in West Virginia
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in West Virginia

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,788 miles from location Strayer University-West Virginia Scott Depot WV n/a n/a n/a
5,577 miles from location American Public University System Charles Town WV 11.5561 n/a 31,331
5,815 miles from location Marshall University Huntington WV 62.2969 84% 13,776
5,744 miles from location Mountain State University Beckley WV 6.59595 n/a 5,951
5,701 miles from location Fairmont State University Fairmont WV 22.3033 29% 4,574
5,774 miles from location West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg WV 13.0487 n/a 4,223
5,779 miles from location West Virginia State University Institute WV 43.2099 23% 4,003
5,584 miles from location Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Martinsburg WV 8.7948 n/a 3,247
5,735 miles from location West Virginia Northern Community College Wheeling WV 9.87878 n/a 3,150
5,815 miles from location Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington WV 7.27315 n/a 3,118
5,746 miles from location New River Community and Technical College Beckley WV 8.55403 n/a 2,812
5,701 miles from location Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont WV 10.4503 n/a 2,729
5,729 miles from location West Liberty University West Liberty WV 50.1226 42% 2,651
5,790 miles from location Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mount Gay WV 9.61491 n/a 2,619
5,779 miles from location Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College Institute WV 9.51762 n/a 2,226
5,737 miles from location Bluefield State College Bluefield WV 17.4902 78% 1,989
5,638 miles from location Potomac State College of West Virginia University Keyser WV 14.3357 n/a 1,810
5,733 miles from location Glenville State College Glenville WV 19.8209 35% 1,721
5,700 miles from location West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon WV 57.5513 36% 1,416
5,733 miles from location Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling WV 26.2309 27% 1,367
5,721 miles from location Salem International University Salem WV 14.2866 n/a 751
5,811 miles from location ITT Technical Institute Huntington WV n/a n/a 220
 

Curious what studying Criminal Justice gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in West Virginia

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Private Detectives and Investigators + n/a $33,530
2
Security Guards + 5,070 $22,570 5.6%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 2,280 $36,230 15.7%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 390 $54,290 8.3%
5
Bailiffs + 140 $29,340 16.7%
 

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