Research Salaries in Minnesota

Minnesota has some unique factors that determine what a Minnesota certified teacher earns. After a starting salary, teachers can earn more based on the requirements for advancement, as stated in a recent Staffing and Salaries report, which expresses two indicators of salary. One is professional advancement, or the compliance with the conditions for a continuing license after becoming a teacher in Minnesota, and consummate experience. But a more significant determination is student enrollment; when enrollment is down, salaries decrease in adjustment. This has always been a contentious issue, as yearly political legislation is the biggest determinant to wages at the current moment. Presently, the issue is whether educators with a teaching certification in Minnesota should be paid more, but endure larger classrooms or receive smaller salaries in exchange for smaller classrooms.

The average teaching salary in the state is expressed here, and contrasted with the numbers for the rest of the country.

Occupation Annual mean wage in MN Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $89,280 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $81,540 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $77,020 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $64,570 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $64,230 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $32,880 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $56,350 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $61,070 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $62,390 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $59,840 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $57,010 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $67,990 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $65,310 $39,370

Another significant issue in Minnesota teaching salaries is the wide disparity in wages between different urban areas. This can partly be attributed to underserved populations that need educators who have met the teaching requirements in Minnesota, and the state’s willingness to spend the money to hire teachers in at-need areas.

City Annual mean wage
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI $54,910
Rochester MN $39,100
Duluth MN-WI $47,790

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433-3470
(763) 433-1100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Augsburg College

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2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 330-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Bemidji State University

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1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji, MN 56601
(800) 475-2001

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Bethel University

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3900 Bethel Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55112
(651) 638-6400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Capella University

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225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389
(888) 227-3552

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Concordia College at Moorhead

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901 S 8th St
Moorhead, MN 56562
(218) 299-4200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Concordia University-Saint Paul

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1282 Concordia Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104-5494
(651) 641-8278

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Crown College

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8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, MN 55375-9001
(952) 446-4100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Gustavus Adolphus College

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800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498
(507) 933-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Hamline University

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1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1284
(651) 523-2800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Inver Hills Community College

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2500 80th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-3224
(651) 450-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Itasca Community College

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1851 Hwy 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-3397
(218) 322-2300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Martin Luther College

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1995 Luther Ct
New Ulm, MN 56073-3965
(507) 354-8221 Ext: 399

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Metropolitan State University

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700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
(651) 793-1212

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Minnesota State University Moorhead

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1104 Seventh Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
(800) 593-7246

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Minnesota State University-Mankato

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South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-1866

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

North Central University

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910 Elliot Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1391
(612) 343-4400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

North Hennepin Community College

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7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 424-0702

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Rainy River Community College

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1501 Hwy 71
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 285-7722

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Ridgewater College

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2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201
(800) 722-1151

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate
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