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Average Salary for South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

South Dakota State University is a public research university based in Brookings, S.D. that is home to around 11,000 undergraduates. The school attracts plenty of sports fans to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Sioux Falls, Brookings, and Minneapolis. The data for this snapshot was collected from SDSU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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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.
Project Manager, Construction
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
8 salaries
6 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
6 salaries
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP)
6 salaries
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Mechanical Design Engineer
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Details

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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SDSU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the manufacturing industry, clinical care, and the engineering services industry. Among SDSU grads, the health care industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average salary for a grad from SDSU is about $56K.


Former SDSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Pharmacists, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to $102K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Family Nurse Practitioners ($93K) and Electrical Engineers ($64K). Construction Project Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning approximately $49K.


A large number of students head to Sioux Falls after college. With a median salary of around $86K, Omaha represents the highest-paid city popular among SDSU grads. Though median pay is subpar ($44K) 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. Other cities of interest include San Diego and Rapid City.

Degree Major

Former Jackrabbits who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) and earn $116K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communication face salaries on the lower end, coming in close to approximately $31K per year.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among SDSU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, around a seventh of former students report doing so. Former Jackrabbits with Leadership experience garner salaries that are 24 percent more than other grads' salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fifth of alumni get sick time. The greater part of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. The greater part of former students enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of alums receive dental plans, too. Other benefits that South Dakota State University alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $56K for University of South Dakota alumni, making their earnings most comparable to SDSU grads. 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.
880 1110
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats

44 %
56 %
$29,965 - $82,856
$39,542 - $81,052
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.
$30,165 - $72,375
$30,524 - $54,023
$39,149 - $95,214
$40,494 - $82,760
$40,547 - $83,802

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