Arkansas Gerontologist Salaries - AR
According to statehealthfacts.org, Arkansas has a population of almost 3 million people, and 13% of them are over 65. As this number is expected to increase dramatically as new generations’ age, for gerontologists’, this means their skills and knowledge of helping, treating, and taking care of elderly patients will be very much in demand.
As such, gerontologists make a very competitive salary, even in a state like Arkansas, where both the median incomes, and the cost of living, are somewhat under the national average.
Thought it’s hard to calculate an average gerontologist salary in Arkansas, as a gerontologist can be anyone from a physical assistant aide taking a 6-month course, to a specialized psychiatrist with over six years of education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says gerontologists can make anywhere from $20,000 to $120,000 dollars a year, which shows just how diverse this career-field is.
One of the factors effecting how much you take home is where in the state you choose to work. Here are salary figures for an Alabama Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in some of the state’s largest cities:
- Jonesboro -$84,000
- Fayetteville - $78,000
- Little Rock - $70,000
There are many other things that influence your pay; your level of education, how much experience you have, and what career path you embark on. A GNP working at the Saint Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, or other large facility, would probably make well above the average; one working at a smaller, private clinic would probably make quite a bit less.
Conversely, a gerontology-specialized audiologist with his or her own practice in Jonesboro would probably make upwards of $72,000, while one working at either the Arkansas Regional, or Baptist Health, Medical centers would probably make closer to $65,000.
When you start looking for your first job, you should step back for a few minutes and try to decide what you want from the career, and where you can best get it. Arkansas has a lot of offer prospective gerontologists beyond a competitive salary, so you’ll be able to find something that matches your own needs.