Top Areas for Hiring

Arkansas is home to eight cities with a population of approximately 45,000 or higher. The following guide offers population, cost of living, living wage, salary, and hiring trend data for Arkansas’s eight largest metropolitan areas.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Little Rock
  • 197,992
  • 96.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $47,250
  • [TBA]

Little Rock is Arkansas largest city and a major destination for educators. In 2015, 17,600 local residents worked in the education, training and library sectors.  The major employers for educators in Little Rock are the Little Rock School District and the University of Arkansas, which has two campuses located in the city’s limits.  On the elementary, middle and secondary side, the Little Rock School District employs 1,757 teachers. They post current openings on their website’s recruitment page. In addition, the University of Arkansas has two campuses in Little Rock: the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Available faculty positions can be found here. While elementary, middle and high school teachers’ annual reported salaries generally meet the living wage estimates for the city, postsecondary educators’ annual salaries are far above the city’s living wage estimates. For the majority of educators, Little Rock is a city where jobs for educators are plentiful and one can reasonable expect to maintain an average standard of living. Public school teachers with many years of seniority and postsecondary educators with full-time tenure-stream appointments are generally much better off.

2Fort Smith
  • 88,194
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $46,080
  • [TBA]

Fort Smith is Arkansas’s second largest city and another major destination for educators. The major employer of educators in Fort Smith is the Fort Smith School District, which employs just under 1000 classroom teachers at its 15 elementary, middle and high schools. The district posts openings on its talent recruitment site. Another local employer for educators is the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, which posts available jobs on its recruitment site. Educators in Fort Smith, especially those with seniority who tend to report above average salaries, can reasonably expect to maintain a good standard of living.

3Fayetteville
  • 82,830
  • 89.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $53,546
  • [TBA]

Another popular destination for educators in Arkansas is Fayetteville. A major employer of teachers in Fayetteville is Fayetteville School District. In 2015, the district employed 662 teachers. Available openings appear on the school district’s website. Another major local employer of educators is the University of Arkansas, which has its main campus in Fayetteville. Available faculty positions are posted on their recruitment site. Both public school teachers and postsecondary educators report annual salaries than nearly meet or exceed the living wage for the city, making Fayetteville a desirable destination for educators working at all levels of the education system.

4Springdale
  • 77,859
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • n/a
  • [TBA]

In Springdale, educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels can find work with the Springdale Public Schools, which employs 1,346 teachers. Available openings with the board can be found on their recruitment site. Other local employers include several private schools, mostly religiously affiliated, and Northwest Arkansas Community College. While Bureau of Labor Statistics data is unavailable for Springdale, according to the Springdale Public Schools website, the average salary of teachers across levels and years of seniority is $59,223. This means that in Springdale, educators’ salaries exceed the living wage for the area, making it a great place to live, work and save for the future.

5Jonesboro
  • 73,907
  • 87.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $46,013
  • [TBA]

Jonesboro is served by four local public school districts: Jonesboro School District, Valley View School District, Nettleton School District, and Westside Consolidated School District. Jonesboro employs 362 teachers and posts available position on their website. Valley View has 176 teachers on payroll and recruits new teachers via their recruitment portal. Nettleton employs 239 teachers and advertises openings here.  Westside reports employing 53 teachers annually and advertises new and replacement positions online here. Jonesboro is also home to the Arkansas State University campus; available faculty positions can be found on the university’s recruitment site. While average wages for elementary, middle and high school teachers in the region lag somewhat behind the living wage, postsecondary educators can expect to meet or far exceed the region’s living wage and enjoy a high standard of living.

6North Little Rock
  • 66,504
  • 96.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $47,250
  • [TBA]

North Little Rock is primarily served by the North Little Rock School District. In 2015, North Little Rock School District employed 606 teachers. The district posts available jobs on their recruitment website. While living wage estimates exceed average annual wages for most public school teachers, teachers with seniority and teachers in double-income families generally meet or far exceed living wages for the city.

7Rogers
  • 63,159
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $53,546
  • [TBA]

Rogers is home to elementary, middle and high school level institutions, as well as several postsecondary institutions. There are four major employers of educators in Rogers: Rogers School District, the University of Arkansas, Harding University, and John Brown University. Rogers School District employs over 900 teachers; openings can be found on the school district’s online recruitment page. Jobs at the Rogers’ campus of the University of Arkansas can be found on the university’s central human resources site. Faculty openings at Harding University, a Christian university with just over 7,000 students, are posted on their recruitment site. For jobs at John Brown University, also a Christina university, visit the university’s faculty employment opportunities site. While public school teachers average annual salaries fall just under living wages for the city, postsecondary educators’ annual salaries generally meet or far exceed the city’s estimated living wage.

8Pine Bluff
  • 44,772
  • n/a
  • $42,756
  • [TBA]

Although a small city, Pine Bluffs is home to a wide range of public schools, private schools and postsecondary institutions. The largest employer of public school teachers in Pine Bluffs is the Pine Bluff School District. Job openings with the Pine Bluff School District can be found the district’s recruitment site. Other local employers of educators include the Dollarway School District and Watson Chapel School District, which both employ between 100 and 200 teachers. In addition to these public school districts, Pine Bluffs is home to several independent Christian-based schools. On the postsecondary side, the largest employer is the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. For jobs postings at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluffs, visit the university’s recruitment site.  A teacher in a double-income family of four living in Pine Bluffs can expect to easily meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

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