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. This summary is derived from information given by SDSU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
15 profiles

Software Engineer
11 profiles

Structural Engineer
10 profiles

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Design Engineer
10 profiles

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Civil Engineer
7 profiles

Research Scientist
7 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 499
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About This School

Campanile Avenue
Brookings, SD 57007-1898


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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The most popular field is the manufacturing industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of SDSU is around $53K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes about $48K where the average male graduate hauls home $62K.


With a median salary of approximately $51K, Rapid City, S.D. represents the highest-paid city popular among SDSU grads. Though Sioux Falls, S.D. takes the cake for lowest pay among SDSU grads (the median salary is $50K there), it remains a common destination for former students.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid SDSU alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) — they earn close to $106K on average per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $50K per year.


Nearly one-fourth of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Jackrabbits with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 49 percent more than their former classmates (about $79K). Other top skills include Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. A strong majority of graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. A fair number of respondents receive health insurance, and slightly more than half of the alumni get dental coverage. Alumni of South Dakota State University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Bowling Green State University graduates, who earn $53K on average, make a similar amount to SDSU grads. Other schools similar to SDSU include the University of South Dakota, the University of North Dakota, and Michigan Technological University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
900 1160
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats for South Dakota State University (SDSU)


41 %
59 %
$41,047 - $80,372
$47,500 - $79,076
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5-9 years
10-19 years
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