The majority of SDSU alumni wind up in the manufacturing industry. Those with an education from SDSU earn an average of $54K.
After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $62K per year compared to females' $48K.
The most generous salaries among SDSU alumni are reportedly earned by Design Engineers whose earnings come to about $71K on average.
Many SDSU students are Brookings, S.D.-bound following college. SDSU grads also flock to Sioux Falls, S.D., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is around $59K). SDSU alumni in Rapid City, S.D. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $51K.
SDSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $106K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $50K per year.
Many former SDSU students are familiar with Microsoft Excel, and nearly one in four grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Former Jackrabbits who have experience with Engineering Design can expect to make 44 percent more than other alumni ($78K on average). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. More than half of grads have medical plans, and just over half of the alumni have dental insurance. A majority of alumni allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. South Dakota State University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Among alumni of similar schools, Indiana University grads (who make an average of $54K) earn salaries most similar to SDSU alumni. The University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota, and Michigan Technological University are also similar to SDSU.