Real Salaries: What They Pay

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fill in the blanks with our guide to Arkansas occupations and the average salaries professionals make in that field.

OCCUPATION WHAT THEY PAY
Accountants $67,700
Agricultural & Food Science Technicians $40,800
Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians $51,150
Airline Pilots $96,690
Animal Trainers $36,690
Applications Software Developers $87,960
Architects $69,470
Art Directors $67,030
Artists (Fine Arts) $24,510
Athletic Trainers $46,700
Auto Body Repairers $41,500
Bakers $25,250
Biomedical Engineers $66,840
Business Professors $85,990
Butchers $30,610
Carpenters $36,390
Chefs & Head Cooks $45,780
Chemists $72,840
Civil Engineers $81,780
Coaches & Scouts $47,560
Computer Programmers $71,540
Conservation Scientists $70,630
Construction Managers $78,250
Correctional Officers $34,120
Counselors $37,660
Court Reporters $45,660
Dental Hygienists $71,090
Detectives & Criminal Investigators $60,340
Dietitians & Nutritionists $58,390
Economists $75,380
Editors $47,480
Electrical Engineers $82,200
Electricians $43,650
Elementary School Teachers $48,560
EMTs & Paramedics $31,800
Environmental Engineers $89,540
Epidemiologists $62,890
Farmers & Ranchers $67,520
Fashion Designers $61,800
Film & Video Editors $40,880
Financial Analysts $78,050
Financial Managers $106,530
Firefighters $37,800
Floral Designers $26,220
Food Scientists & Technologists $84,580
Food Service Managers $48,760
Forensic Science Technicians $42,790
Funeral Service Managers $76,810
Graphic Designers $42,250
Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists $23,890
High School Teachers $51,780
High School Special Education Teachers $51,430
History Professors $82,070
Home Appliance Repairers $31,850
Home Health Aides $23,070
Hotel & Resort Desk Clerks $20,830
Human Resources Specialists $56,700
Industrial Engineers $77,100
Information Security Analysts $81,710
Insurance Sales Agents $58,340
Interior Designers $66,840
Interpreters & Translators $34,260
Janitors & Cleaners $23,520
Kindergarten Teachers $46,180
Landscape Architects $65,200
Legal Secretaries $36,930
Librarians $53,310
Machinists $42,180
Massage Therapists $41,890
Mechanical Engineers $71,730
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $40,560
Microbiologists $70,210
Middle School Teachers $49,570
Multimedia Artists & Animators $59,610
Nuclear Medicine Technologists $73,510
Nurse Practitioners $104,300
Occupational Therapists $81,810
Optometrists $95,500
Personal Financial Advisers $96,600
Pest Control Workers $31,720
Photographers $37,520
Physical Therapists $81,430
Physician Assistants $99,280
Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers $39,560
Police, Fire & Ambulance Dispatchers $29,660
Political Science Professors $81,780
Postal Service Clerks $46,720
Power Plant Operators $69,980
Preschool Teachers $33,150
Private Detectives & Investigators $47,090
Psychologists $83,030
Public Relations Specialists $60,470
Radiation Therapists $70,940
Radio & Television Announcers $33,140
Radiologic & MRI Technologists $48,740
Real Estate Sales Agents $41,100
Registered Nurses $60,780
Reporters & Correspondents $32,620
Secretaries & Administrative Assistants $30,860
Security Guards $29,330
Social Workers $49,680
Speech-Language Pathologists $73,660
Statisticians $76,630
Tax Examiners & Collectors $55,670
Taxi Drivers & Chauffeurs $23,540
Technical Writers $61,030
Tour and Travel Guides $33,500
Travel Agents $37,580
Veterinarians $82,060
Waiters & Waitresses $20,040
Web Developers $50,930
Welders $40,340
Writers & Authors $48,670

How Much Do You Need to Make to Live Your Best Life?

It’s a big question, but luckily there’s a handy website that can help you figure it out!

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services created a handy wage calculator specifically for Arkansas residents. This calculator can tell you exactly how much you need to make to live your best lives — and also give a reality check about how much things like internet bills and rent actually cost!

Thinking about finances can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never lived on your own. But it’s important to think about the lifestyle you want in the future. Knowing how much money you need to make to do and buy things you want can help you decide what career to pursue.

Here's an example:

Your Monthly Expenses in Little Rock
Housing $673
Utilities $307
Food $400
Transportation $420
Clothes $150
Health Care $94
Personal $50
Entertainment $50
Misc $100
Savings $214
Student Loan Debt $89
Monthly Expenses $2,547
Annual Expenses $30,569
Taxes (21.00% of Annual Expenses) $6,419
Annual Salary Needed $36,988

The TOP 25 HIGHEST-PAYING JOBS IN ARKANSAS

1. Surgeons $266,630
2. Anesthesiologists $229,760
3. Family & General Practitioners $228,620
4. General Internists $220,010
5. Obstetricians and Gynecologists $205,650
6. Pediatricians $198,660
7. Nurse Anesthetists $186,970
8. Podiatrists $183,190
9. Dentists (Specialists) $175,030
10. Dentists $165,480
11. Physicians and Surgeons $165,290
12. Marketing Managers $155,020
13. Psychiatrists $153,920
14. College-level Health Specialties Teachers $146,380
15. Chief Executives $126,960
16. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $122,840
17. Architectural & Engineering Managers $121,390
18. Advertising and Promotions Managers $120,990
19. Sales Managers $119,090
20. Pharmacists $118,320
21. College-level Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers $118,080
22. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $114,450
23. Training and Development Managers $113,370
24. Purchasing Managers $111,940
25. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $110,300