South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni Average Salary

Around 11,000 people attend South Dakota State University, a institution based in Brookings, S.D. The figures in this rundown were provided by SDSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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College ROI Report

696th

20 Year Net ROI 

$242,000

Annual ROI 

6.8%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$89,000

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College Salary Report

422nd

Early Career Salary 

$44,000

Mid-Career Salary 

$78,700

% High Meaning 

55 %

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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$24K$48K$72K
Design Engineer
13 salaries
$68,385  
   
Mechanical Engineer
12 salaries
$56,875  
Software Engineer
9 salaries
$70,589  
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
$69,634  
Agronomist
8 salaries
$50,746  
Structural Engineer
8 salaries
$71,250  
Civil Engineer
7 salaries
$68,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 492

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About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898

10,969

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Industry

The manufacturing industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with a degree from SDSU make an average of about $53K.

Gender

Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks approximately $61K per year, but the second group takes home only $48K.

Jobs

The most generous salaries among SDSU alumni are reportedly earned by Design Engineers whose earnings come to around $71K on average.

Locations

Rapid City, S.D. is also a common destination for SDSU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $51K. SDSU alumni in Sioux Falls, S.D. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $50K.

Degree Major

SDSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to make the most money ($106K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) (about $50K on average annually).

Skills

Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 46 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $78K). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among SDSU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, one in four former students report doing so. Experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Office is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. A strong majority of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. A strong majority of respondents have medical plans, and just over half of the former students have dental insurance. South Dakota State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $53K for Bowling Green State University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SDSU grads. Other schools similar to SDSU include the University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota, and Michigan Technological University.

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Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %
Salary
$41,047 - $80,372
Salary
$48,479 - $78,358
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

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