Average Salary for South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

South Dakota State University, a school in Brookings, S.D., has roughly 11,000 undergrads. Students searching for a quaint college campus with a significant athletic presence fit in well at this school, though many graduate to urban areas like Sioux Falls, S.D., Brookings, S.D., and San Diego, Calif. after college. The figures in this rundown were provided by SDSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

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Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Golf Course Superintendent
3 salaries
Graphic Designer
3 salaries
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP)
3 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184

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About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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SDSU alumni can most commonly be found in the manufacturing industry, the consulting industry, and the construction industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The majority of SDSU alumni wind up in the health care industry. Those with an education from SDSU earn an average of approximately $58K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $52K whereas the men's median is about $65K.


Among SDSU graduates, the biggest earners are Chief Financial Officers, who haul in $82K on average. Next on the list are Family Nurse Practitioners and Civil Engineers, bringing in $80K and $66K, respectively. On the lower end, Construction Project Managers report making around $46K.


Home to a large number of SDSU alums, Sioux Falls, S.D. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. With a median salary of about $100K, Omaha, Neb. represents the highest-paid city popular among SDSU grads. Though median pay is subpar ($46K) relative to popular cities, choosing to stay in Brookings after graduation is a common decision made by many alumni who have developed a love for the area. Graduates also relocate to San Diego, Calif. and Rapid City, S.D.

Degree Major

Former Jackrabbits who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) and earn a median salary of approximately $122K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communication is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $31K.


For former Jackrabbits, proficiency in Product Development warrants a paycheck that is 40 percent more than other alumni salaries. Many SDSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with about one in seven alumni using this program on the clock. Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most alums contribute to a 401(k). For this school, a large number of alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and the larger part of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. South Dakota State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota grads report the most similar salaries to SDSU alums, earning $60K on average. Other schools similar to SDSU include the University of North Dakota, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
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ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)


46 %
54 %
$29,877 - $80,248
$40,259 - $83,883
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
$41,752 - $60,350
$30,165 - $75,000
$30,740 - $54,023
$40,056 - $81,890
$42,500 - $102,500
$61,042 - $86,170

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