South Dakota State University Rankings Based on Salary

  • South Dakota State University ranks better than 52% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • South Dakota State University ranks better than only 39% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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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 a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for SDSU Associate Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 58% of colleges for associate degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agriculture, General 56% Not Reported $29,685 56%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 59% $17,500 $26,933 59%

Salary Scores for SDSU Bachelor's Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 52% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agricultural Business and Management 54% $23,250 $44,468 54%
Agricultural Mechanization 41% $20,720 $50,231 41%
Agricultural Public Services 70% Not Reported $41,007 70%
Agriculture, General 69% $19,500 $39,585 69%
Animal Sciences 99% $20,500 $40,563 99%
Apparel and Textiles 69% Not Reported $39,009 69%
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services 38% Not Reported $37,568 38%
Biology, General 73% $26,100 $32,213 73%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 85% Not Reported $52,107 85%
Civil Engineering 33% $26,936 $58,943 33%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 56% $28,500 $57,770 56%
Communication and Media Studies 11% Not Reported $25,967 11%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 51% $28,500 $57,995 51%
Construction Engineering Technologies 13% $24,156 $54,948 13%
Design and Applied Arts 53% $25,750 $35,740 53%
Economics 30% $24,999 $43,054 30%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 88% $27,000 $80,628 88%
English Language and Literature, General 82% Not Reported $34,704 82%
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 30% $25,000 $36,455 30%
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Studies 54% $22,000 $38,559 54%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 98% $21,500 $39,909 98%
History 94% $25,500 $41,007 94%
Hospitality Administration/Management 35% Not Reported $35,060 35%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 68% $26,500 $31,855 68%
Journalism 35% Not Reported $30,409 35%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 49% $25,000 $32,569 49%
Mathematics 33% $23,134 $40,896 33%
Mechanical Engineering 31% $23,134 $62,598 31%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 56% $22,026 $32,925 56%
Plant Sciences 94% $23,250 $49,883 94%
Political Science and Government 26% Not Reported $30,771 26%
Psychology, General 48% $21,500 $29,685 48%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 51% $25,000 $38,048 51%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 23% $24,172 $57,564 23%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42% $25,000 $31,314 42%
Sociology 59% $20,500 $33,726 59%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 40% $26,000 $34,755 40%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 62% $26,000 $38,409 62%
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 94% $20,482 $36,344 94%

Salary Scores for SDSU Master's Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 27% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Architecture 11% Not Reported $47,846 11%
Biology, General 50% Not Reported $46,087 50%
Civil Engineering 40% Not Reported $70,456 40%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 18% $61,500 $38,289 18%
Educational Administration and Supervision 59% Not Reported $59,417 59%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 30% Not Reported $38,829 30%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 15% Not Reported $76,460 15%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 27% Not Reported $40,473 27%
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 24% Not Reported $45,715 24%

Salary Scores for SDSU Doctoral Degrees

SDSU ranks higher than 56% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 60% $70,167 $115,813 60%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 32% Not Reported $105,083 32%

South Dakota State University Reviews

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

Jane 10/12/2016

The grad nursing instructors don't teach. They expect you to know & demean you when you don't. They don't want you to succeed; they make it as hard as possible. I filed an official complaint as I was required to do extra assignments other students didn't have to do and when those weren't satisfactory to them they had me sign a document saying they would lower my grade an entire letter. I honestly cannot say enough negative about the power and dynamics going on there. Please stay away