The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the United States Department of Labor, compiles salary data on teachers by state as well as for the nation. The BLS categorizes teachers by specialty and by the grades taught. Data published by the BLS in May 2010 shows that teachers in Arkansas earned a median salary that was less than the national median salary in each category.
Elementary Special Education Teachers
Special education teachers at elementary schools in Arkansas earned median salaries of $44,160 per year, according to the bureau's’ May 2010 report. The report also showed that 10 percent of Arkansas teachers in this specialty earned no more than $32,000 annually and that 10 percent earned at least $59,890. For comparison, the national median wage for elementary special education teachers was $52,250.
Middle School Special Education Teachers
The median salary for Arkansas middle school special education teachers as of May 2010 was $45,390, according to the bureau. Nationally, the median salary was $53,440. In Arkansas, the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $34,270 or less and the best-paid 10 percent earned $60,020 or more.
High School Special Education Teachers
At the high school level, special education teachers nationwide earned a median wage of $54,810 as of May 2010, according to data from the bureau. Arkansas special education teachers at this level earned a median salary of $45,530. The least well-compensated 10 percent earned $34,370 or less, and the best-compensated 10 percent earned $60,090 or more.
Middle School Vocational Education Teachers
Vocational education teachers at Arkansas middle schools earned a median wage of $46,360.. The report shows that 10 percent of the state’s middle school vocational education teachers earned no more than $34,920 and 10 percent earned at least $61,890. The national median salary for this specialty was $51,470.
High School Vocational Education Teachers
The national median salary for high school vocational education teachers was $54,310. In Arkansas, the median salary was $47,130, with the least well-paid 10 percent earning $35,750 or less and the best-paid 10 percent earning $64,200 or more.
Elementary Teachers, Excluding Special Education
The national median wage for elementary school teachers, according to the May 2010 data furnished by the bureau, was $51,660. In the state of Arkansas, the median salary for these teachers was $42,620.
Middle School Teachers, Excluding Vocational and Special Education
Middle school teachers in Arkansas earned a median wage of $44,350., while the national median wage was $51,960. In Arkansas, 10 percent of all middle school teachers earned $33,460 or less and 10 percent earned $59,110 or more.
High School Teachers, Excluding Vocational and Special Education
The national median wage for these teachers was $53,230 and the state median wage was $44,890. The best-paid 10 percent of high school teachers in Arkansas earned $60,960 or more and the worst paid 10 percent earned $32,790 or less.