Who Makes What

<em>Minnesota Monthly</em>’s 2008 Salary Survey

Money talks. But Minnesotans rarely talk money—especially when it comes to how much we make. But admit it: There are days when you wonder how much the guy in the next cube earns, or how your sister can afford a Lexus, or whether your neighbor has a trust fund. How does your salary compare? Take a peek at these paychecks.

Public Service

Tim Pawlenty

governor, $120,000

Jeff Walker
auditor and treasurer, Itasca County, $96,000

R. T. Rybak
mayor, Minneapolis, $94,000

Gerhard Wehr
sergeant, Minneapolis Police Department, $180,000 (includes overtime)

Mark Ritchie
secretary of state, $90,000

Victoria Reinhardt
commissioner, Ramsey County, $64,000

Amy Klobuchar
U.S. senator, $165,000

John Marty
state senator, $31,000

Daniel Papin
community-services director, Washington County, $126,619

Dan Voss
electric-utility director, Anoka, $96,034

City of St. Paul, $69,780

David Ebinger
police chief, Moorhead, $88,000

Dorothy Opheim
health and human services director, Cass County, $86,985

Anthony Andler,
Heimie’s Haberdashery

Health & Medicine

Arthur Collins

chairman, Medtronic, $9.1 million

Kay Christianson
executive director, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, $159,044

Denis A. Cortese
president and CEO, Mayo Clinic, $745,384

David Kendall
clinical-medicine chief, International Diabetes Center, Park Nicollet Institute, $206,202

Francis Cheung
chief information officer, Park Nicollet Health Services, $316,293

Richard Pettingill
president and CEO, Allina Health System, $1.1 million

Sam Rice
EMS physician, St. John’s Hospital, $240,119

Shannon Mooney
registered nurse, Mercy Hospital, $62,000

Jeffrey Chell
CEO, National Marrow Donor Program, $403,552

John Peterson
psychiatrist, St. Elizabeth Hospital of Wabasha, $151,437

Michele Fedderly
executive director, Hospice Minnesota, $65,000

Brigid Riley
executive director, Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting, $62,081

Robert Beacher
president, Fairview Pharmacy Services, $279,285

Stuart Sybesma
general surgeon, Fairview Health Services, $622,273

Sayeed Ikramuddin
bariatric surgeon, University of Minnesota Physicians, $453,200

Kevin Roach
general surgeon, Regina Medical Center, $233,897

Nancy Sears
executive director, Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota, $47,708




Cardiovascular surgeon

Vascular surgeon

Sister Marie Seiter
board member, HealthEast, $25,000

Mary Brainerd
president and CEO, HealthPartners, $892,741


Business & Labor

Jerry Grundhofer

chair and former CEO, US Bancorp, $32.3 million

Robert Ulrich
chairman and CEO, Target Corporation, $36.4 million

Gregg Steinhafel
president, Target Corporation, $12.1 million

Brad Anderson
CEO, Best Buy, $5.6 million

Douglas Baker
president and CEO, Ecolab, $6.6 million

Bahram Akradi
chairman and CEO, Life Time Fitness, $4.2 million

Richard Kelly
president and CEO, Xcel Energy, $11.2 million

George Buckley
chairman and CEO, 3M, $16.6 million

Sally Smith
president and CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings, $1.7 million

Mary Twinem
chief financial officer, Buffalo Wild Wings, $883,346

Eliot Seide
director, AFSCME, Council 5, $105,252

Charlie Weaver
executive director, Minnesota Business Partnership, $430,000

Price Check

How far does a dollar go In the Twin Cities? further than elsewhere.

 2-percent milk,
1 gallon
Original glazed
Krispy Kreme donut
Listerine mouthwash,
1 liter
Unleaded gasoline,
1 gallon
Organic spinach,
1 bunch
What Your MN dollar is really worth
New York$3.9995¢$5.29$11.25$3.19$1.99$22.6782¢
Twin Cities$3.6980¢$4.14$9.25$3.02$2.99$19.20$1.00

Matt Swinney, Evolution Salon
Photo by Ross Andersson


Tim Martin

bartender, Schuller’s Tavern, $100—$200 a night

Nelle Anderson
babysitter, Minneapolis, $5 to $7 per hour

stripper, Choice Gentlemen’s Club, $60,000

Taxi driver

B Rad
bike, messenger, $19,000—$40,000

Darrell Knosalla
bus driver, Metro Transit, $47,195



Melissa Lam
barista, Dunn Bros., Uptown Minneapolis, $7.25 per hour

Tom Hasling
diesel mechanic, Blaine Brothers, $60,000



Robert Oden

president, Carleton College, $464,000

Kristine Cecil
vice-president for external relations, Carleton College, $190,000

Rob Herrick
assistant director, Carleton College Alumni Annual Fund, $37,630

Robert Bruininks
president, University of Minnesota, $423,000

Gerald B. Fischer
president and CEO, University of Minnesota Foundation, $389,000

Stephen Shank
chairman and CEO, Capella Education Company, $1.2 million

Brian Wagenbach, Charles Schwab
Photo by Ross Andersson

The Reverend
Dennis Dease, president, University of St. Thomas, $111,000

Christopher Puto
business-school dean, University of St. Thomas, $282,000

Tommy Boone
exercise-physiology professor, College of St. Scholastica, $110,000

Carolyn Tennant
English professor, North Central University, $79,685

John Gulla
headmaster, The Blake School, $238,000

Thomas A. Dooher
president, Education Minnesota, $155,914

Katherine Stevens
licensed family child-care provider, $1,300 per month

High school principal
Hopkins Schools, $98,040

Elementary school teacher
Hopkins Schools, $34,000

Meria Carstarphen
superintendent, St. Paul Public Schools, $175,000

Crossing guard
Duluth Public Schools, $8.65 per hour

Reference librarian
Hennepin County Libraries, $56,052

Child-care worker
YWCA of Minneapolis, $29,000


Osmo Vänskä

music director, Minnesota Orchestra, $703,423

Wendy Williams
flutist, Minnesota Orchestra, $95,000

String player
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, $69,500

Mark Henderson
freelance woodwind player and arranger, $60,000

Jeremy Walker
musician, Jazz Is Now!, $100 per performance

John Nuechterlein
president and CEO, American Composers Forum, $90,000

David O’Fallon
president, MacPhail Center for Music, $142,308

First Avenue
Main-room act, $500—$75,000

Entry act

Fine Line
National act, $1,000—$10,000

Local act


Arts & Culture

Joe Dowling

artistic director, Guthrie Theater, $401,000

Eric Jolly
president, Science Museum of Minnesota, $242,500

Bain Boehlke
artistic director, Jungle Theater, $55,000

Photo by Ross Andersson

Sandra Spieler

artistic director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater, $36,000

Marc Johnson

fundraiser, American Swedish Institute, $71,000

Nancy Gaschott
administrative director, Loft Literary Center, $68,000

Laura Bonicelli
executive director, Minnesota Center for Photography, $50,000

Philip Bither

senior curator, Walker Art Center, $115,430

Patrick Noon

curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, $160,537

Denise Sorom
executive director, Rochester Art Center, $48,000

Lina Belar

executive director, New York Mills Arts Retreat, $29,000

David Parsons
board president, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais, $0


Jan Malcolm

executive director, Courage Center, $221,442

Mitchell Pearlstein
president, Center of the American Experiment, $99,864

Sarah Stoesz

president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, $190,003

Saeed Fahia
executive director, Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota , $51,702

Robert Zelenka
executive director, Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, $73,141

Matt Zeller
executive director, Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota, $116,442

Tom Prichard
president, Minnesota Family Council, $64,094

Lorraine Teel
executive director, Minnesota AIDS Project, $89,000

Nancy Sabin
executive director, Jacob Wetterling Foundation, $72,000

John Delmonico
president, Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, $81,490

Neil Neddermeyer

fraternal operations director, Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, $64,566

Nancy Korpi
executive director, Mesabi Family YMCA, $45,000

James Wooley

field-operations, director, Pheasants Forever $81,732

Tammy Quist
executive director, Wildcat Sanctuary, $8,695

Minnesota in Red, Blue, and Green

What does where you live say about how much you make—and how you vote?
Click here to download graphs (PDF)


The Billionaires’ Club

Remember when $100 million got you priority
seating at Manny’s? No longer. A closer look
at the local high-fliers who made the most
recent “Forbes 400” list of America’s richest people.

Net-worth figures based on “Forbes 400” 2007 estimates.
Illustrations by Arthur Mount


Thomas Mengler

law-school dean, University of, St. Thomas, $298,000

Michael Steenson
professor, William Mitchell College of Law, $165,000

Russell A. Anderson
chief justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, $156,000

Rex D. Stacey
Dakota County District Court judge, $125,000

Timothy Groshens
executive director, Minnesota State Bar Association, $153,873

María Gloria Fressia
executive director, Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, $49,575

Jim Jacobson
general counsel, Medica Health Plans, $317,543

Desyl Peterson
city attorney, Minnetonka, $117,003


Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
$505,000 profits per partner, 2006

Seventh-year associate

Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis office, $155,000
plus discretionary bonus of $5,000—$24,000

Seventh-year associate
Fish & Richardson, $265,000

First-year associate
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Minneapolis office, $120,000
plus unspecified discretionary bonus

Virginia Stark
lawyer, Centro Legal, $58,000


Don Shelby

anchor, WCCO-TV, $1 million

Julie Nelson
anchor, KARE-TV, $500,000

Jason Lewis

talk-show host, KTLK-FM, $300,000

morning host, Cities 97, $100,000

James Pagliarini
president and CEO, Twin Cities Public Television, $296,124

Diane Thompson
assistant secretary, Twin Cities Public Television, $72,864

Alisa Miller
president and CEO Public Radio International, $201,196

Richard Jacobsen
systems analyst, Metro Cable Network (Channel 6), $78,863

Michael Heuberger
general manager, Minnesota Christian Broadcasters, $50,445

Lucinda Winter

executive director, Minnesota Film and TV Board, $46,667

Gary Gilson
former executive director, Minnesota News Council, $57,660

Steve Brandt
veteran reporter, Star Tribune, $75,088

Deputy managing editor
Star Tribune, $125,000—$150,000

Starting reporter
Pioneer Press, $34,125

First-year reporter
WCCO-TV, $37,557

Senior producer
WCCO-TV, $57,759

Fiona McCrae

executive director, Graywolf Press, $77,500

Tim Benjamin

publisher and editor-in-chief Access Press $9,708



Leland Eliason

provost, Bethel Seminary, $112,972

Joshua Fogelson
CEO, Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Services, $213,866

The Reverend John Estrem
CEO, Catholic Charities, $78,834

Scott Anderson
executive director, Youth for Christ—Central Minnesota, $60,263

The Reverend Mark Sundby
executive director, North Central Ministry Development Center, $70,232


Lauren Segal

president and CEO, Greater Twin Cities United Way, $231,198

Mark Peterson
CEO, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, $272,493

Mary Jo Copeland
president, Sharing and Caring Hands, $0

Richard Copeland
vice president, Sharing and Caring Hands, $75,400

Jim Hoolihan
president, C. K. Blandin Foundation, $197,326

Cindy Wilcox
leadership-development trainer, C. K. Blandin Foundation, $137,913

Robert Byrd
senior program officer, Jerome Foundation, $62,480

Marty Allen
grant consultant, Medtronic Foundation, $158,790

Confessions of a Fundraiser

Each year, Minnesotans give away nearly $5 billion to causes and charities. Here, some shakedown tips from a local expert.

  • There’s an art and a science to fundraising. Anybody can get the nuts and bolts of it, but there are aspects that you can’t teach. You have to understand what prospective donors care about, where they hang out, what they like to do, and figure out the best way to connect with them. The adage is “People give to people.”
  • The first step is to identify who’s got the money—and who’s giving the money. So you do your research. There’s a lot of public information available thanks to the Internet. You look at the donor lists of other organizations like your own—and you gather intelligence.
  • Cultivating someone as a donor takes anywhere from four to eight steps. It might be a written communication; it might be having them at an event. It can take years. Or it can also be as quick as them saying, “I want to write you a check.”
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • In terms of corporate giving, you would think that if you took the list of the area’s most profitable corporations that it should mirror a similar list of the most philanthropic. But it’s not that way. Not at all.
  • Target leads the way. Nobody touches them. They could, but they don’t.
  • The most common excuse—this is fairly common in Minnesota—is that they say “I’m an Orchestra person,” or “I’m a Guthrie person.” They identify and invest in certain organizations. This is invaluable to those organizations. However, people get set in their commitments to particular organizations and a lot of times aren’t open to new ones despite whether they align with their values or not.
  • The challenge for nonprofits is to create an event so that it isn’t another auction and another dinner and another dress. The events that really work have a unique cachet to them. The Minneapolis Art Institute, the Minnesota Orchestra: They do a really good job.
  • I’m always surprised at the number of cash bars at events. If people are paying $150 to $500 a ticket, everything should be taken care of.
  • There’s a quid pro quo among donors, a sense that “I supported your event and so I expect you to support mine.”
  • I think part of the attraction for donors is affiliating with an organization. They really want to feel a connection—a closeness. It’s different than buying a ticket. They really do want to hang out with the artistic director or the executive director. They want to feel special. They want to be able to tell their friends they sat next to that violinist at dinner.



Bryant McKinnie

offensive lineman, Minnesota Vikings, $17.5 million

Johan Santana
pitcher, Minnesota Twins, $13 million

Boof Bonser
pitcher, Minnesota Twins, $400,000

Theo Ratliff
center, Minnesota Timberwolves, $11.6 million

Lindsey Harding
point guard, Minnesota Lynx, $42,000

Marian Gaborik

right wing, Minnesota Wild, $5 million

Mark Jorgensen
executive director, Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association, $87,007

Tim Brewster
coach, Gopher football, $1 million

Tubby Smith
coach, Gopher men’s basketball, $1.75 million

Pam Borton
coach, Gopher women’s basketball, $332,000

Scott Keenan
executive director, Grandma’s Marathon, $85,000

Jacky Wilson
volleyball referee, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, $2,400


Interviews, tax filings, SEC documents, industry sources, newspaper reports, U.S. Department of Labor. Business executive compensation may include bonuses, stock options, and other compensation. Some figures include overtime compensation and tips.