Marcia Hultman

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High School Equivalency

Did you know, on average, wages for occupations requiring a high school equivalency pay $12,000 more annually than occupations requiring less than a high school education?

See for yourself on the Labor Market Information Center's South Dakota Occupational Wages by Educational Level Requirements page. The table compares the wages of occupations that do not require high school degrees to occupations that do require high school equivalency (and higher levels of postsecondary education).

If you have not completed high school, more education can help you:

  • Improve your employability,
  • Earn higher wages, and
  • Increase your chances at advancement.

Now is the time to learn about completing your high school equivalency.

Hundreds of South Dakotans take a high school equivalency exam every year. This is the second most common way of earning a high school credential after a high school diploma. In South Dakota, you can take the General Education Development (GED®) test as a high school equivalency exam.