Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Classified Employee Minimum Hourly Wage for 2023-2024

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Fiscal & Administrative Services
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Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-17-2203
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Bookkeepers; General Business Managers; Principals; Superintendents

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Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-2203 requires school districts to increase the minimum hourly rate paid to full-time classified school employees by a percentage equal to the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The result is the new minimum hourly rate to be paid to all full-time classified school employees.  The legislation does not provide a specific source for the CPI data.  The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recognizes the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website as a valid source of CPI data:

CPI data used for the percentage increase calculation is found at  Check the box on the screen under “Price Indexes” that is labeled "CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), 1982-84=100-CWUR0000SA0," then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button labeled "Retrieve Data". 

The data on this page was used to calculate that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers increased by 7.26% from the twelve-month average of May 2021 through April 2022 to the twelve-month average of May 2022 through April 2023.  The minimum hourly rate for the 2022-2023 school year was $9.80.  The established increase for 2023-2024 is 7.28% or $0.71 per hour, which results in the new minimum rate of $10.51 per hour.  

The new classified employee minimum wage calculated for school year 2023-2024 is $10.51 per hour; however, the Arkansas minimum wage is $11.00 per hour.  Because the state minimum wage is more than the calculated CPI rate, use the state minimum wage for classified employees. 


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