South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni Average Salary

South Dakota State University is a university based in Brookings, S.D. that is home to around 11,000 undergraduates. This report is based on the responses of SDSU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Design Engineer
13 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Electrical Engineer
11 salaries
Structural Engineer
8 salaries
Software Engineer
8 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Civil Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 447

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About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The majority of SDSU alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. Those with an education from SDSU earn an average of around $55K.


Male graduates of SDSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $63K versus $48K for women.


In the SDSU alumni professional community, Design Engineers make the highest median pay ($71K).


Yankton, S.D. is a hot spot for SDSU alum. Another city that attracts a wealth of SDSU grads is Sioux Falls, S.D.; given its high compensation (approximately $59K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Though Rapid City, S.D. takes the cake for lowest pay among SDSU grads (the median salary is about $51K there), it remains a common destination for former students.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from SDSU can rake in a whopping average $106K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (about $50K).


Knowledge of Budget Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 77 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($97K). Microsoft Excel is a popular skill among SDSU alumni, with nearly one in four grads reporting using it on the job. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. Dental insurance applies to slightly more than half of the survey participants, and a fair number of graduates report health coverage. A strong majority of graduates set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. South Dakota State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Missouri grads is $55K, making their salaries most similar to those of SDSU grads. The University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota, and Michigan Technological University are also similar to SDSU.

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Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)


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$41,047 - $80,372
$49,316 - $79,749
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