2016 Salary Survey: Who Makes What?

We asked the nosy questions (or looked them up, in the case of salaries that are publicly available) so you could compare your earnings to those of other Minnesotans. Then we took a deeper look at how we earn the money we make‚ÄĒand how we feel about it.

Illustration by Luke Lucas

We used the most recent data available; all figures are within the past few years.

Arts, Culture, & Media

Lee Gundersheimer
Managing Director, Great River Shakespeare Festival

Jon McTaggart
President & CEO, American Public Media Group

Michelle Moore
Managing Director of Inclusion & Community, American Public Media Group

Kaywin Feldman
Director & President, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Stacey Poirier
Artistic Director, Theatre Unbound

Trish Santini
Director of External Relations, Guthrie Theater 

Equity Actor, Children’s Theater Company
$735/week (union minimum, 10 shows) 

James Pagliarini
President & CEO, Twin Cities Public Television

Steven Copes
Concertmaster & Violinist, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Maintenance Machinist, Star Tribune

Ticketing Representative, Science Museum of MN

Office Manager, Grand Marais Art Colony

Digital Strategy & Innovation Intern, Minnesota Public Radio


Richard Stanek
Sheriff, Hennepin County

Andrew Baker
Medical Examiner, Hennepin County

Susanne Gens
Executive Director, MN State Arts Board

Suzanne Tuttle
Children & Families Services Manager, Anoka County

Librarian, Dakota County

Ed McDonald
Executive Director, Council on Black Minnesotans

Marketing Manager, Explore Minnesota Tourism

Micah Pace
Chef to Governor Dayton

Sales Rep, MN State Lottery

Allison O’Toole
Deputy Director, MNSure 

Bus Driver, Metro Transit
$119,092 (includes $63,684 of overtime pay)

911 Dispatcher, Ramsey County

Research Consultant, MN House of Representatives

Marcus Travis
Guest Services Manager, Mpls. Convention Center

Bret Smith
Impound Lot Manager, St. Paul

Probation Officer, Washington County

Maintenance Technician, St. Paul Public Housing 

Security Badging Supervisor, MSP Airport


Gail Dorfman
Executive Director, St. Stephen’s Human Services

Barbara Koch
Executive Director, Life Time Fitness Foundation

James Blaha
Treasurer & CFO, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Mark Crea
CEO, Feed My Starving Children

Patrick Plonski
Executive Director, Books for Africa

Lee Sheehy
Program Director, Region & Communities, McKnight Foundation

Holly Sampson
President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Ray Aboyan
Chief Operating Officer, Animal Humane Society

Gail Bjorge
President, Picket Fence Poodle Rescue

Wayne Eller
Executive Director, East Central MN Habitat for Humanity

Call Center Representative for Non-Profit Pledge Drive

Creative Arts Therapist, East Side Neighborhood Services

Event Staff, James J. Hill Center

Event & Communications Intern, Arc Greater Twin Cities 
$500 stipend


Eric Kaler
President, University of Minnesota

Adjunct Research Professor, University of Minnesota

Steven Jay Rosenstone
Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities 

Substitute Teacher
$70-130 per day 

Jenny Arneson
School Board Chair, Minneapolis Public Schools

Susanne Griffin
Chief Academic Officer, Minneapolis Public Schools

Dennis Peterson
Superintendent, Minnetonka Public Schools

School Bus Driver, North St. Paul

Harvey Johnson
Superintendent, Laporte Public Schools

Preschool Teacher, Minneapolis 

College Prep Tutor, College Tutors


Greg Cane
Soccer Coach, University of Minnesota Duluth

Michele Redman
Golf Coach, University of Minnesota 

Richard Pitino
Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Minnesota 
1.6 million

Pam Borton
Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Minnesota 

Lindsay Whalen
Point Guard, Minnesota Lynx 
$107,000 (WNBA maximum) 

Athletic Equipment Manager, University of Minnesota 

Athletic Department A/V Media Producer, University of Minnesota 

Joe Mauer
First Baseman, Minnesota Twins
$23 million 

Adrian Peterson
Running Back, Minnesota Vikings 
$13 million 

Ricky Rubio
Point Guard, Minnesota Timberwolves 
$12.7 million 

Zach Parise
Left Winger, Minnesota Wild
$9 million 

Ted Mondale
Executive Director, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority 

Minor League Baseball Player, St. Paul Saints 
$1,400/month (average)


Associate Physician, Northpoint Health and Wellness 

Yoga Teacher

Bahram Akradi
CEO, Life Time Fitness 

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dentist, Community-University Health Care Center

Laboratory Animal Veterinarian, University of Minnesota

Systems Associate, YWCA of Minneapolis

Activities Specialist, Rise Adult Day Care

Gregory Dodd
Health & Fitness Coordinator, St. Paul Parks & Rec

Service Sector

$500-600/week, plus room & board

Window Cleaner

Crew Member, Jersey Mike’s 
$9.25/hour plus tips plus half off subs 

Massage Therapist, Sister Rosalind

Surrogate Mother

Sperm Donor
$4,000 for six months 

Pastry Chef, Bar La Grassa & Burch Steak & Pizza Bar 

Kennel Attendant

Laundry Worker

Management Trainee, Domino’s


Lorie Gildea
Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court 

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

David Wippman
Dean, University of Minnesota Law School

Brian Cornell
CEO, Target

Cashier, Target

Kendall Powell
CEO, General Mills 

James Cracchiolo
CEO, Ameriprise Financial 

Omar Ishrak
Chairman & CEO, Medtronic

Sally Smith
CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings 

Customer Service Agent, Ecolab

Mary Moriarty
Chief Public Defender, Hennepin County

Court Payment Center Clerk, Judicial MN

Welder, Quality Tool 

Wage Gaps by Gender and Race

Women and minorities aren’t receiving equal pay.

On average, women in Minnesota make $0.81 per every dollar paid to men. In 2015, the average full-time salary for a woman in Minnesota was $42,066 while the average full-time salary for a Minnesota man was $51,625. If current trends continue, women in Minnesota will not see equal pay until the year 2054.

In 2014, Gail Boudreaux, the now former executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, was the highest paid woman in Minnesota, earning $14.5 million. The highest paid male in Minnesota was
James Cracchiolo, CEO of Ameriprise Financial, who earned  
$97.4 million¬†in 2014‚ÄĒmore than¬†six times as much¬†as Boudreaux.

In 2014, the average national weekly income for all races was $795. Compared to the average, whites earned 103%, Asians 121%, African Americans 81%, and Hispanics/Latinos 73%.

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