Minnesota, we’re average

The Census Bureau today released a survey of education finances and determined that on average, the U.S. spends $9,138 per pupil per year.

Minnesota? It spends $9,138 per pupil per year.

According to the data, which is based on 2005-06, Minnesota spends $5,891 on salaries, wages, and employee benefits related to instruction, and $2,832 in support services. $385 — 4% — goes to administration.

This ranks Minnesota 22nd in the nation. New York and New Jersey top the list with Utah trailing the pack at $5,437 per student. North Dakota leads the nation in administrative spending.

Download an Excel spreadsheet of the data here.