Average salary in Minnesota
Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Minnesota
The Land of 10,000 Lakes may not have the same glamour and fame as California, but Minnesota is a great place to live and work, with a strong economy and diverse industries. Whether you are a resident or considering a move to Minnesota, understanding the financial landscape can help you make informed decisions.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Minnesota has a cost of living index of 101.6, just slightly above the national average of 100. This means that while some areas may be more expensive than others, overall the cost of living in Minnesota is relatively affordable. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries?
Average salary in Minnesota by city
City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Minnesota’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; cities like Woodbury and Eden Prairie command upwards of $90,000, while Duluth’s average sits below $45,000.
Average earnings by city—or any other geographical metric—is just one way of calculating wealth, and certainly shouldn’t be the only way you look at your own earning potential in a given place. It doesn’t take into account the type of jobs that people do to earn above or below this average bracket, and omits any consideration for the number of people living in a household. However, it’s certainly one way of establishing which place offers good earning opportunities.
The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the largest cities in Minnesota, which you can find ranked below.
Eden Prairie: $95,697
Maple Grove: $92,267
Brooklyn Park: $62,656
Saint Paul: $48,258
Saint Cloud: $44,485
Average salary in Minnesota by county
Reviewing average salaries in Minnesota by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Minnesota by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.
The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for each county.
Washington County: $79,109
Hennepin County: $61,328
Carver County: $80,280
Dakota County: $72,850
Scott County: $82,190
Olmsted County: $64,090
Minnesota County: $57,243
Anoka County: $69,028
Ramsey County: $51,915
Cook County: $49,162
Wright County: $67,963
McLeod County: $58,544
Goodhue County: $56,366
Sherburne County: $71,704
Lake of the Woods County: $46,080
Dodge County: $64,438
Chisago County: $64,726
Wabasha County: $51,112
Lake County: $46,765
Le Sueur County: $57,477
Pope County: $47,196
Kandiyohi County: $49,512
Nicollet County: $57,540
Douglas County: $46,789
Martin County: $43,960
Isanti County: $57,260
Jackson County: $46,869
Steele County: $55,321
Kittson County: $47,568
Saint Louis County: $44,941
Lincoln County: $44,672
Houston County: $50,855
Stearns County: $51,779
Rice County: $58,771
Brown County: $47,696
Stevens County: $47,055
Koochiching County: $39,571
Marshall County: $48,565
Wilkin County: $48,692
Hubbard County: $45,066
Becker County: $46,056
Cass County: $42,445
Lac qui Parle County: $45,550
Crow Wing County: $44,659
Traverse County: $41,287
Sibley County: $51,449
Murray County: $45,657
Renville County: $47,623
Carlton County: $52,858
Meeker County: $51,173
Highest paying jobs in Minnesota
There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Minnesota: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.
Zippia has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.
Chief Medical Officer - $216,096
Finance Services Director - $215,904
Medical Director - $213,949
Associate Medical Director - $198,572
Primary Care Physician - $198,305
President Of Operations - $197,766
Senior Vice President-Operations - $196,986
Acute Care Physician - $191,404
Resident Physician In Radiology - $189,713
Executive Vice President Marketing - $187,413
Vice President, Field Operations - $186,211
Executive Vice President - $183,975
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - $181,454
Chief Administrative Officer - $181,415
Vice President, Products & Marketing - $178,774
President & Chief Operating Officer - $177,165
Clinical Physician Assistant - $174,833
Medical Staff Physician - $174,579
Public Health Physician - $169,581
Vice President Product Development - $169,186
Frequently asked questions about salaries in Minnesota
What is the average salary in Minnesota by age?
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Minnesota are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.
According to the Census Bureau data, householders under 25 in Minnesota have a median income of $37,222; householders aged 25 to 44 years old have a median income of $68,128; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $78,643; and those 65 and older have a median income of $50,237.
What is a ‘good’ salary in Minnesota?
The median income in Minnesota is $56,400. Defining ‘good’ relies on all sorts of variable factors and these should be taken into account.
What is the average salary in Minnesota by hour?
If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year—at 37.5 hours a week—then the average hourly salary in Minnesota is $27.12.
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Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.