Research Salaries in Minnesota

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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