Average Salary for South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

South Dakota State University is a university based in Brookings, S.D. that is home to around 11,000 undergraduates. This small-town school is a magnet for sports enthusiasts, though many students relocate to larger cities — Sioux Falls, S.D., Brookings, S.D., and Minneapolis, Minn. are among the top picks — after graduation. The data for this synopsis comes from former SDSU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

441
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

176
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

170
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$45,800
South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$23K$46K$69K
Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
$60,000  
   
Mechanical Engineer
5 salaries
$64,964  
Software Engineer
4 salaries
$58,350  
Civil Engineer
3 salaries
$64,964  
Design Engineer
2 salaries
$60,367  
Technical Project Manager
2 salaries
$55,862  
Manufacturing Engineer
2 salaries
$67,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898

10,969

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

56 %

20 %

48 %

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Industry

Professionally, the health care industry, the construction industry, and the consulting industry are popular business areas among SDSU alumni. The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. Following graduation, SDSU students earn an average of $60K.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $53K per year compared to men, who earn $66K.

Jobs

Among SDSU alumni, those working as Engineering Project Managers report the highest median pay of $80K, followed by Research Scientists (around $74K), and Mechanical Engineers (approximately $66K). Sliding in near the bottom are Graphic Designers, who report earnings of $38K.

Locations

Many SDSU grads flock to Sioux Falls, S.D. It is no surprise that Omaha, Neb., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $86K), is another of the most popular spots for former SDSU students. Many former Jackrabbits can't resist staying in Brookings after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($48K). In addition, grads flock to Minneapolis, Minn. as well as San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SDSU alumni are those with a B.A. in Economics — they earn close to approximately $108K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communication tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average around $31K per year.

Skills

Knowledge of Leadership seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 30 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($78K). Project Management is a popular skill among SDSU alumni, with approximately one-seventh of workers reporting using it on the job. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. For this school, a large number of graduates are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of former students pick up dental plans, too. A large number of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Graduates of South Dakota State University are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of South Dakota grads bring in salaries of around about $60K, making them the most similar to SDSU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to SDSU include the University of North Dakota, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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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)

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %
Salary
$29,963 - $79,125
Salary
$39,775 - $83,666
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
$41,440 - $62,594
$75,000
$80,988
$29,362 - $71,885
$38,783 - $62,200
$42,500 - $102,500
$41,252 - $81,890
$60,505 - $87,072

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