Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

South Dakota Wages by Level of Education Typically Required for Entry*

2013
  Average
Annual
Wage
Average
Hourly
Wage
Less than high school $22,035 $10.59
High school diploma or equivalent $33,783 $16.24
Some postsecondary education (no degree) $32,627 $15.69
Associate degree $48,723 $23.42
Bachelor's degree $60,574 $29.12
Master's degree $55,750 $26.80
Doctoral or professional degree $111,590 $53.65
Total, all occupations of all education levels $36,228 $17.42

Note: 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 determing 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 625. (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 $58,021; but that is not the same as saying all South Dakotans with an associate degree earn $58,021 per year on average.

Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Labor Market Information Center, August 2013 using May 2012 wage data aged through second quarter 2013.

*Levels of Education Typically Required for Entry

Less than high school. This category signifies the completion of any level of primary or secondary education that did not result in the award of a high school diploma or equivalent. Examples of occupations in this category include janitors and cleaners, cashiers, and carpet installers.

High school diploma or equivalent. This category signifies the completion of high school or an equivalent program resulting in the award of a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) credential. Examples of occupations in this category include social and human service assistants and pharmacy technicians.

Some postsecondary education (less than associate degree). This category signifies the achievement of a high school diploma or equivalent plus the completion of one or more formal postsecondary courses that may result in a certificate or other award, but not an associate degree. Examples of occupations in this category are computer support specialists, nursing aides, cosmetologists and dental assistants. Some postsecondary nondegree award programs last only a few weeks, while others may last one to two years.

Associate degree. Completion of this degree usually requires at least two years but not more than four years of full-time academic study beyond high school. Examples of occupations in this category include mechanical drafters, respiratory therapists and dental hygienists.

Bachelor's degree. Completion of this degree generally requires at least four years but not more than five years of full-time academic study beyond high school. Examples of occupations in this category include budget analysts, dietitians and civil engineers.

Master's degree. Completion of this degree usually requires one or two years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor's degree. Examples of occupations in this category include statisticians, physician assistants, and educational, vocational, and school counselors.

Doctoral or professional degree. Completion of a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) usually requires at least three years of full-time academic work beyond a bachelor's degree. Completion of a professional degree usually requires at least three years of full- time academic study beyond a bachelor's degree. Examples of occupations for which a professional degree is the typical form of entry-level education include lawyers, physicians and surgeons, and dentists.

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

 


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