South Dakota State University (SDSU) Alumni Average Salary

South Dakota State University is a university based in Brookings, S.D. that is home to around 11,000 undergraduates. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Mechanical Engineer
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Electrical Engineer
3 salaries
Design Engineer
3 salaries
Manufacturing Engineer
3 salaries
Project Manager, Construction
2 salaries
Account Manager
2 salaries
Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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About This School

Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of SDSU work in a variety of sectors including the health care industry, the construction industry, and the consulting industry. The manufacturing industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from SDSU amounts to approximately $61K.


SDSU grads who become Engineering Project Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making about $80K on average yearly. Also notably well-paid are Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $65K. On the lower end, Graphic Designers report making $38K.


Sioux Falls, S.D. is filled with SDSU grads. In addition, former SDSU students often head to Omaha, Neb. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $86K in this top-paying city. South Dakota State University grads are so loyal to Brookings that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities (around $47K). Other cities of interest include Minneapolis, Minn. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Economics earns SDSU students the most money after college (an average $108K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science & Management ($44K on average annually).


One in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. For former Jackrabbits, proficiency in People Management warrants a paycheck that is 34 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

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fifth of alumni for sick time. Most respondents receive health insurance, and a majority of former students get dental coverage. Most survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. 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

University of South Dakota graduates, who earn around $63K on average, make a similar amount to SDSU grads. 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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900 1190
ACT Scores 20 25

Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)


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$30,701 - $80,961
$39,496 - $84,171
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1-4 years
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10-19 years
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
$41,440 - $62,594
$30,913 - $76,948
$35,500 - $54,584
$42,500 - $102,500
$41,252 - $81,890
$60,505 - $87,072

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