Average Salary for South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni

Around 11,000 people attend South Dakota State University, a institution based in Brookings, S.D. Athletic pride runs deep at this small-town school, though a big portion of these sports-loving students relocate to larger cities such as Sioux Falls, S.D., Brookings, S.D., and Minneapolis, Minn. following graduation. The data in this summary come from SDSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Electrical Engineer
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Software Engineer
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Project Manager, Engineering
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Research Scientist
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Graphic Designer
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Civil Engineer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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SDSU alumni can most commonly be found in the health care industry, the construction industry, and the consulting industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Starting salaries of approximately $60K are the median among SDSU grads.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $66K, but the median for the latter is only $52K.


Former SDSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Chief Financial Officers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $82K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Engineering Project Managers (about $80K) and Mechanical Engineers ($65K). Sliding in near the bottom are Graphic Designers, who report earnings of $38K.


Sioux Falls, S.D. is a hot spot for SDSU alum. With a median salary of approximately $86K, Omaha, Neb. represents the highest-paid city popular among SDSU grads. 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 ($48K). In addition, grads flock to San Diego, Calif. as well as Minneapolis, Minn.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) will compensate SDSU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $122K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communication (around $31K on average annually).


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 34 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $80K). Many former SDSU students are familiar with Project Management, and about a sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of alumni contribute to a 401(k). Dental insurance applies to a majority of the survey participants, and a large number of respondents report health coverage. 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

Alumni of University of South Dakota pick up average paychecks of $61K, which is closest to the amount made by SDSU grads among similar schools. 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

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ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)


41 %
59 %
$29,687 - $79,125
$40,331 - $84,133
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
$41,440 - $62,594
$29,769 - $71,885
$38,783 - $62,200
$42,500 - $102,500
$45,500 - $83,556
$61,042 - $86,170

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