Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

South Dakota Wages by Educational Level Requirements*

Less than high school $21,927 $10.54
High school diploma or equivalent $33,769 $16.23
Some postsecondary education (no degree) $36,063 $17.34
Associate degree $62,485 $30.04
Bachelor's degree $57,769 $27.77
Master's degree $55,195 $26.54
Doctoral or professional degree $98,542 $47.38
Total, all occupations of all education levels $35,032 $16.84

Note: Data is preliminary and subject to revision. The wage and earnings data above indicates the average wages of occupations with each respective level of education and should not be used as average wages for South Dakotans with the level of education indicated; statistically, the two measure quite different things. To calculate the average wages above, the starting point was determine the level of education typically hired for entry (defined below) for each occupation included in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey used to collect wage data. Of the 840 occupations included in the OES survey, South Dakota is able to publish wage data for about 650. (See our Occupational Wages - Technical Notes Web page for more information about the OES survey.) The average wage data for each occupation was then weighted by the employment level in that occupation, then grouped by educational level, summed and averaged, arriving at average wage data for all occupations with the same level of education typically required for entry. In summary, for example, the average annual wage of occupations which typically require an associate degree for entry is $62,485; but that is not the same as saying all South Dakotans with an associate degree earn $62,485 per year on average.

Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Labor Market Information Center, September 2014 using May 2013 wage data aged through second quarter 2014.

Please visit our definitions Web page for explanations of each educational requirement levels.

For more information, see technical notes about wages by level of education typically needed for entry.


Marcia Hultman, Secretary
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