Best Community Colleges in South Dakota by Salary Potential

Earning an associate degree can be an important first step toward a successful career. Check out South Dakota’s top community colleges ranked by earning potential.

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Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1AssociatesPublic$50,200$69,60080%8%

1University of South Dakota
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,600
% High Meaning80%
% STEM Degrees8%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$45,900$65,100N/A10%

2Dakota Wesleyan University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$65,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees10%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,600$62,000N/A6%

3Presentation College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,600
Mid-Career Pay$62,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees6%
4AssociatesPublic$41,000$59,40060%2%

4Mitchell Technical Institute
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,000
Mid-Career Pay$59,400
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees2%
5AssociatesPublic$39,400$59,30064%2%

5Lake Area Technical Institute
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,400
Mid-Career Pay$59,300
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees2%
6AssociatesPublic$40,500$58,60054%14%

6Southeast Technical Institute
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,500
Mid-Career Pay$58,600
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees14%
7AssociatesPublic$36,600$55,700N/A18%

7South Dakota State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$36,600
Mid-Career Pay$55,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees18%
8AssociatesPublic$38,000$55,600N/A7%

8Northern State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,000
Mid-Career Pay$55,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
8AssociatesPublic$38,400$55,600N/A53%

8Dakota State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,400
Mid-Career Pay$55,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees53%
8AssociatesPublic$37,600$55,600N/A11%

8Black Hills State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,600
Mid-Career Pay$55,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees11%
11AssociatesPublic$34,800$52,40075%5%

11Western Dakota Technical Institute
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$34,800
Mid-Career Pay$52,400
% High Meaning75%
% STEM Degrees5%
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For the PayScale College Salary Report, we’ve included a selection of community colleges in South Dakota — in hopes of giving you a valuable metric for determining what school can give you the best return on your investment. The factors that drive that include both early career and mid career salary, and go as far as determining how many students find value in their careers. Included in this report are associate degree programs like the University of South Dakota, Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), Southeast Technical Institute, and Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI).

Overall, students from these schools go on to perform a diverse array of jobs, from nursing, to customer service representatives, and more.


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