Average Salary for South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Around 11,000 people attend South Dakota State University, a public research institution based in Brookings, S.D. Sports fans searching for a small-town experience can find the best of both worlds at this school; however, students tend to move on to neighboring cities like Sioux Falls, Brookings, and San Diego after graduation. The figures in this rundown were provided by SDSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
5 salaries
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Civil Engineer
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
United States (change)

About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

56 %

20 %

48 %

30 %

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SDSU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the manufacturing industry, the construction industry, and the engineering services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the health care industry. The average salary for a grad from SDSU is $56K.


Pharmacists win the contest for best-paid SDSU alumni, typically making approximately $102K every year, though Family Nurse Practitioners ($93K), and Mechanical Engineers ($64K) are not far behind. Construction Project Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $49K.


Many SDSU grads flock to Sioux Falls. SDSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, which offers median salaries of about $113K. Living in Brookings after college is common among South Dakota State University grads, whose love for the area is more important than the below-average median pay ($46K). Other popular cities include San Diego and Minneapolis.

Degree Major

SDSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning about $148K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to around $31K per year.


Many SDSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with about a seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. For former Jackrabbits, proficiency in Leadership warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in five survey participants receive sick leave. A solid majority of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). It is no small feat that a solid majority of alumni are given health coverage, and a majority of graduates accept dental insurance. Graduates of South Dakota State University are also recipients of a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Bowling Green State University grads report the most similar salaries to SDSU alums, earning $55K on average. The University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota, and Michigan Technological University are also similar to SDSU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
900 1190
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)


44 %
56 %
$29,786 - $83,416
$39,563 - $81,843
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 107 votes.
$29,853 - $75,076
$30,404 - $54,583
$40,494 - $82,760
$36,500 - $95,897
$49,508 - $84,322

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