Arkansas state government salary

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Arkansas state government salaries are available online through a few sources. The activist group Secure Arkansas posted on its website a list of all state employees and their salaries after the Attorney General ruled that state employee salaries are public information and fall under the state's public records law. In 2012, the number of full-time employees will increase by 528, with the largest increase going to higher education for a total of 24,844 employees.[1][2][3]

Governor Beebe announced on December 2, 2010 that he would reinstate cost-of-living raises for state employees. The move would cost the state approximately $18 million per year, which the governor said was justified based on a state general revenue collections report for November 2010. That report showed gross general revenue down 13.6% for November compared with November 2009 and 1.2% below the department’s predictions but positive for the first five months of the fiscal year.[4]

2012 was the third year Arkansas state employees did not receive a pay raise.[5]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Arkansas and local governments in the state employed a total of 190,155 people. Of those employees, 155,216 were full-time employees receiving net wages of $478,078,745 per month and 34,939 were part-time employees paid $24,804,627 per month. More than 40% of those employees, or 32,278 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

The total number of employees in 2008 was up from 2007; according to 2007 U.S. Census data, the state of Arkansas had 187,503 total employees.[7]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Arkansas state legislators earned $15,869 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $136 per day plus mileage, tied to the federal rate.[8][9]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State government employee salaries[10]
Office '10 salary Official
Governor $87,352 Mike Beebe
Lieutenant Governor $42,219 Mark Darr
Secretary of State $54,594 Mark Martin
Attorney General $72,794 Dustin McDaniel
Auditor $54,594 Charlie Daniels
Land Commissioner $54,594 John Thurston
Treasurer $54,594 Martha Shoffner

As of 2008, the salary of Arkansas' governor ranked 49th among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[11]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Arkansas judicial salaries[12][13]
Position '12 salary Justice
Chief Justice $156,864 Jim Hannah
Associate Justice $145,204 Robert Brown
Associate Justice $145,204 Donald Corbin
Associate Justice $145,204 Josephine Hart
Associate Justice $145,204 Jim Gunter
Associate Justice $139,821 Paul Danielson
Associate Justice $145,204 Karen Baker
Associate Justice $145,204 Courtney Hudson Goodson

As of January 2010, the salary of Arkansas' chief justice ranked 27th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.[13]

As of January 2010, the salary of Arkansas' associate justices ranked 32nd among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $145,984.[13]

Teacher salaries

Through collective bargaining, the Arkansas Education Association was successful in securing a minimum salary schedule for teachers. Teacher salary reports can be found here (dead link).[14]

Teacher salaries[15]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$30,525 $47,472

Information on how school districts are funded in Arkansas can be found here.

Arkansas educators are eligible to participate in the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System.



Employees have a choice of health insurance between a PPO plan and another plan similar to a POS. Under the PPO, employees have the option of opening a Health Savings Account (HSA), which allows employees to make pre-tax contributions to the HSA, earn interest and make withdrawals for health-related expenses. Both plans offer access to ARWellness, which provides programs for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress relief and back care.[16]

Employees have the option to purchase dental and vision coverage. Many supplemental insurance products covering various diseases and conditions are available. Retirees are offered health insurance through ARHealth Retiree.[16]

State employees are provided a $10,000 basic life and AD&D policy at no charge; active legislators and constitutional officers may increase this basic coverage by purchasing an additional $30,000, with those premiums paid by the individual. Other insurance available to employees includes additional life, disability and long term care. Moreover, property and casualty insurance plans are available for employees to take advantage of group discounts and payroll deductions.[16]

The Employee Benefits explanation states that "Employees can also choose a variety of plans dealing with planning for a financially sound future or for protecting you from legal problems such as law suits and identity theft."[16]

Other benefits

StarEAP, an employee assistance program, provides professional assistance with personal, work-related or emotional issues.[16]

The Arkansas Diamond Deferred Compensation Plan (457 b) is a voluntary retirement savings plan that allows payroll deduction contributions with pre-tax dollars.[16]

The Arkansas Cafeteria Plan (ARCAP) is another option, through which employees can pay for state employee group health and life insurance premiums and dependent care expenses tax-free.[16]

State employees receive the following ten paid holidays:[17]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. / Robert E. Lee Birthdays
  • George Washington / Daisy Gatson Bates Birthdays
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Employees are also given one paid holiday to observe his/her birthday.[18]


See Arkansas public pensions

Public employee salary databases

State Last updated Database Information available Sponsoring group
Arkansas 2012 (updated monthly) Excel spreadsheet of state employee salary data Arkansas government
Arkansas 2009 Arkansas' Top State Salaries 2009 An online database of state employees who will be paid $100,000 or more in the 2009 fiscal year Arkansas Online in association with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas 2008 2008 county employees salaries Salary survey of county government employees that shows that salaries of all the major county employees in all 75 counties in the state. Association of Arkansas Counties
Arkansas 2007 Arkansas government employees An online database of all Arkansas government employees were paid $200,000 or more in 2007. Arkansas Online in association with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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