Best Colleges in South Dakota by Salary Potential

Choosing a school is no easy feat. Before you invest in your bachelor’s degree, find South Dakota’s best colleges by alumni salary.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
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
1Engineering, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$65,800$113,70058%92%

1South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$65,800
Mid-Career Pay$113,700
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees92%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,900$87,60055%8%

2University of South Dakota
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$87,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees8%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,800$87,60058%18%

2South Dakota State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$87,600
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees18%
4Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,600$87,20054%18%

4Augustana University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$87,200
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees18%
5Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,500$85,000N/A6%

5Presentation College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$85,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees6%
6Engineering, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,200$77,20051%53%

6Dakota State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$77,200
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees53%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,300$76,30076%5%

7Mount Marty College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$76,300
% High Meaning76%
% STEM Degrees5%
8State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,200$75,80058%7%

8Northern State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,200
Mid-Career Pay$75,800
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees7%
9Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,000$74,600N/A10%

9Dakota Wesleyan University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,000
Mid-Career Pay$74,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees10%
10Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,900$73,80063%6%

10University of Sioux Falls
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$73,800
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees6%
11State SchoolBachelorsPublic$39,800$68,10049%11%

11Black Hills State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,800
Mid-Career Pay$68,100
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees11%
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Among the top colleges in South Dakota for median career salaries is South Dakota School of Mines & Technology as graduates from here earn the highest both in their early career with a median salary.

While graduates from Northern State University might make less than graduates from other South Dakota colleges, they aren’t necessarily unhappy about it. In fact, they are most likely to be satisfied with their careers with many reporting that their jobs are meaningful.

Many graduates from South Dakota’s colleges go on to work in careers in the Bioscience; Financial Services; Professional Business Services; Oil & Gas; Shooting, Hunting & Outdoors; and Value-Added Agriculture industries. Popular employers for South Dakota graduates include IBP Hog Market Inc; Ellsworth Air Force Base; Rapid City Regional Hospital; Sanford Univ South Dakota Medical Center; John Morrell Food Group; Regional Health Physicians Inc; VA Medical Center-Fort Meade; Avera St Luke’s Hospital; and Larson Manufacturing Co.