Arkansas state government salary
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.
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.
2012 was the third year Arkansas state employees did not receive a pay raise.
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.
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.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Lieutenant Governor||$42,219||Mark Darr|
|Secretary of State||$54,594||Mark Martin|
|Attorney General||$72,794||Dustin McDaniel|
|Land Commissioner||$54,594||John Thurston|
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.
|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.
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.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
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.
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.
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.
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."
StarEAP, an employee assistance program, provides professional assistance with personal, work-related or emotional issues.
The Arkansas Diamond Deferred Compensation Plan (457 b) is a voluntary retirement savings plan that allows payroll deduction contributions with pre-tax dollars.
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.
Paid days off
State employees receive the following ten paid holidays:
- 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.
Public employee salary databases
|State||Last updated||Database||Information available||Sponsoring group|
|Arkansas||2012 (updated monthly)||Transparency.Arkansas.gov||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|
- Arkansas state government employment opportunities
- Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Personnel Management
- Arkansas State Employee Salaries, The Log Cabin Democrat
- State employee benefits review, Arkansas State Employees Association
- Arkansas state salaries, 2011-2012
- Find the Data Arkansas public employee salaries
- Arkansas Online databases include top salaries.
- Arkansas school district salaries 2011
- Database of Arkansas government employees paid more than $200,000 in 2007
- 2008 salary survey of county employees in Arkansas
- Secure Arkansas Posts List Of State Employee Salaries, January 13, 2011
- "Arkansas State Employee Salary Information Release," January 13, 2011
- KUAR News, Ark. Government Adds 528 Employees in Fiscal 2012, Oct. 29, 2012
- The Arkansas Democrat Gazette "Beebe revives state workers’ cost-of-living raises:" Dec. 3, 2010
- "Another pay freeze for state employees," January 15, 2012
- 2008 Arkansas Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- 2007 Public Employment Data
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data, Accessed June 12, 2012
- The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
- ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008” (dead link)
- National Center for the State Courts, Arkansas (dead link)
- The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- AEA, About AEA
- Annual Benefits Guide 2010 for Arkansas State Employees
- Arkansas State Holidays
- Arkansas Code 1-5-101