It takes the average person eight to 11 minutes to jog a mile, according to Reference.com. For people who pick up the pace while running, the mile takes five to seven minutes.
The time it takes for the average person to jog a mile depends on the jogging surface. Smooth, even surfaces like a high school running track make it easier to go faster. A natural course that includes hilly terrain and obstacles increase jogging times.
Research done by the University of Wisconsin found that the optimal mile speed for men was seven minutes, while for women, the time was nine minutes. The slowest mile pace was 13 minutes.