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Compensation Council

Also known as:
Minnesota State Compensation Council
Active dates:1983-

State law has established a Compensation Council to meet in the odd numbered years to make recommendations to the legislature regarding the salaries of judges, and to prescribe salaries for constitutional officers and for the agency and metropolitan agency heads noted in Minn. Stat. 15A.0815.

The council must report its recommendations to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate by April 1 in each odd-numbered year.


In 1983, state law established that the Compensation Council make recommendations to the Legislature regarding salaries for several officials. Historically, the Compensation Council made recommendations for the salary and effective date of that salary for constitutional officers, judges, and several other officials. The 2023 Legislature amended the Compensation Council's statute to empower the Council to prescribe the salary of constitutional officers and other officials noted in Minn. Stat. 15A.0815. The council will continue to simply make recommendations for judges' salaries.

The Compensation Council did not meet in 2003, 2011, or 2015.


The council is comprised of 16 members: eight members appointed by governor, one from each congressional district, of whom no more than four may belong to the same political party; and eight non-judges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, of whom no more than four may belong to the same political party. Appointments must be made after the first Monday in January and before January 15.

Each Compensation Council shall expire upon submission of the recommendations.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1983-2017.
Record last updated: 08/22/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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