Research Salaries in Arkansas

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The minimum salary for an Arkansas certified teacher is $29,244, and this is for teachers who have acquired a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, according to the Arkansas Department of Education. Most districts pay more than this minimum, though some districts pay precisely this amount. Teaching certification in Arkansas does not often lead to high salary immediately. As a result, those interested in becoming a teacher in Arkansas should make sure they are interested in the profession for other reasons as well. Higher degrees can help to mitigate the low salary offered for starting teachers, as students with master’s or doctoral degrees are guaranteed more money. Experience also affects pay, though the experience increases to minimum salary are fairly modest.

The following spreadsheet illustrates how educators in Arkansas stack up financially to the national average. Meeting teaching requirements in Arkansas leads to a lower average salary than in many other areas of the country.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Arkansas Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $75,900 $89,100
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $65,830 $90,570
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $63,190 $76,060
Education Teachers, Postsecondary $62,230 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $53,970 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $30,640 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $44,520 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $44,490 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,730 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $47,970 $58,260
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School $45,460 $56,690
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $49,290 $59,540
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $48,930 $60,410

The area of the state in which a teaching professional works also affects potential salary. Educators in different areas of Arkansas make different amounts of money.

City Annual mean wage
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO $47,620
Fort Smith, AR-OK $38,890
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR $40,150

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