According to the Urban Institute, Arkansas had the fastest growing Latino population in the U.S. between the years 2000-2005 and the fourth fastest growing overall immigrant population during those years. Though the state’s new residents from abroad account for just about 4 percent of its overall population, Arkansas is nevertheless seeing explosive growth in the numbers of non-native English speakers that call the state home.
There is a strong demand in Arkansas for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers, and it is only expected to grow. According to the Arkansas Department of Education, the rate of language minority students has increased by 51% in the last eight years. In order to keep up with this demand, Arkansas offers incentives to existing teachers that add an additional endorsement qualifying them to teach ESL.
According to the Arkansas Department of Education, salaries for ESL teachers in Arkansas can vary by degree level and years of experience:
- Starting salaries range from $29,244 to $43,612 with a bachelor’s degree, depending on location.
- Bachelor’s degree salaries for those with 15 plus years experience range from $35,994 to $54,431
- Starting salaries range from $33,630 to $46,708 with a master’s degree
- Salaries for those with 15 plus years of experience and a master’s range from $41,130 to $58,296
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in Arkansas is $45,130 for experienced teachers. The rate of pay can rise to $60,440 annually with a master’s degree, several years of experience and an ESL endorsement.
Salary information for Arkansas Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers are shown in the table below. The Bureau of Labor Statistics gathered these statistics in 2013. The Bureau places ESL endorsed adult educators within this category.