South Dakota State University Rankings by Salary Score

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South Dakota State University is ranked on 2 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


Salary and Debt by Major at South Dakota State University

We calculated a salary score for each of South Dakota State University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at South Dakota State University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for SDSU Associate Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agriculture, General 56 100% 100% Not Reported $29,690 56
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 59 100% 100% $17,500 $26,930 59

Salary Scores for SDSU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agricultural Business and Management 54 100% 100% $23,250 $44,470 54
Agricultural Mechanization 41 100% 100% $20,720 $50,230 41
Agricultural Public Services 70 100% 100% Not Reported $41,010 70
Agriculture, General 69 93% 93% $19,500 $39,590 69
Animal Sciences 99 99% 99% $20,500 $40,560 99
Apparel and Textiles 69 94% 94% Not Reported $39,010 69
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services 38 95% 95% Not Reported $37,570 38
Biology, General 73 98% 98% $26,100 $32,210 73
Business Administration, Management and Operations 85 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 85
Civil Engineering 33 100% 100% $26,940 $58,940 33
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 56 100% 100% $28,500 $57,770 56
Communication and Media Studies 11 100% 100% Not Reported $25,970 11
Computer and Information Sciences, General 51 100% 100% $28,500 $58,000 51
Construction Engineering Technologies 13 100% 100% $24,160 $54,950 13
Design and Applied Arts 53 96% 96% $25,750 $35,740 53
Economics 30 97% 97% $25,000 $43,050 30
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 88 100% 100% $27,000 $80,630 88
English Language and Literature, General 82 100% 100% Not Reported $34,700 82
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 30 97% 97% $25,000 $36,460 30
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Studies 54 96% 96% $22,000 $38,560 54
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 98 96% 96% $21,500 $39,910 98
History 94 93% 93% $25,500 $41,010 94
Hospitality Administration/Management 35 100% 100% Not Reported $35,060 35
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 68 96% 96% $26,500 $31,860 68
Journalism 35 96% 96% Not Reported $30,410 35
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 49 96% 96% $25,000 $32,570 49
Mathematics 33 100% 100% $23,130 $40,900 33
Mechanical Engineering 31 100% 100% $23,130 $62,600 31
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 56 97% 97% $22,030 $32,930 56
Plant Sciences 94 100% 100% $23,250 $49,880 94
Political Science and Government 26 93% 93% Not Reported $30,770 26
Psychology, General 48 97% 97% $21,500 $29,690 48
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 51 98% 98% $25,000 $38,050 51
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 23 100% 100% $24,170 $57,560 23
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42 100% 100% $25,000 $31,310 42
Sociology 59 100% 100% $20,500 $33,730 59
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 40 99% 99% $26,000 $34,760 40
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 62 100% 100% $26,000 $38,410 62
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 94 98% 98% $20,480 $36,340 94

Salary Scores for SDSU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Architecture 11 100% 100% Not Reported $47,850 11
Biology, General 50 94% 94% Not Reported $46,090 50
Civil Engineering 40 100% 100% Not Reported $70,460 40
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 18 100% 100% $61,500 $38,290 18
Educational Administration and Supervision 59 92% 92% Not Reported $59,420 59
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 30 100% 100% Not Reported $38,830 30
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 15 100% 100% Not Reported $76,460 15
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 27 100% 100% Not Reported $40,470 27
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 24 100% 100% Not Reported $45,720 24

Salary Scores for SDSU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 60 100% 100% $70,170 $115,810 60
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 32 100% 100% Not Reported $105,080 32

Most Recent Reviews

Brittany Larsen 12/17/2019

I felt that my degree program adequately prepared me to go on to a Master's degree concurrent with a dietetic internship in the area of nutrition and dietetics. The university offers a myriad of undergraduate and graduate majors. Tuition is cheap compared to most other universities nationwide located in an area with a cheap cost of living. However, there are steps SDSU could take to increase the diversity of the university. SDSU is also located in a smaller town, which would not be a good fit for those who... Read More

Jamie Ortman 2/22/2018

The school is small but the community is supportive. MS degrees are based on how well the advisor and student get along; therefore its very important to choose wisely and maintain open communication. SDSU did this well for me. If your looking for a small community with open professors than you will flourish at SDSU.