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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Law Enforcement Compensation

February 19, 2021

We found that base wages for Minnesota state troopers in 2019 were lower than the median base wages of police officers in the Minnesota cities we were directed to use in a comparison; they were about 5 percent lower for starting wages, and 16 percent lower for maximum wages. That was, however, before the Legislature mandated an across-the-board 8.4 percent increase in trooper wages during a special legislative session in October 2020. In addition to salary comparisons, our report considers contract and statutory provisions that affect state trooper and city police officer supplemental wages, health insurance, and retirement contributions.

*Supplemental Items (these did not appear in the printed report)