Research Salaries in Arkansas

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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Arkansas State University-Main Campus

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2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 972-2100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
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  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Arkansas Tech University

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Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
(479) 968-0389

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Harding University

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915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72143
(501) 279-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Henderson State University

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1100 Henderson Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
(870) 230-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

John Brown University

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2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524-9500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Ouachita Baptist University

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410 Ouachita St
Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
(870) 245-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

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100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
(870) 235-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

University of Arkansas

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Administration Bldg 425
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 575-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 569-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Arkansas at Monticello

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Highway 425 South
Monticello, AR 71656
(870) 367-6811

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

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1200 N University Mail Slot 4789
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
(870) 575-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

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5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649
(479) 788-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

University of Central Arkansas

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201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035-0001
(501) 450-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of the Ozarks

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415 N College Ave
Clarksville, AR 72830
(479) 979-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Williams Baptist College

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60 W Fulbright Avenue
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
(870) 886-6741

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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