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Salaries by Major at South Dakota State University

How much money do South Dakota State University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $39,800 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $47,700 on average.

In terms of specific areas of study, the following is a ranking of degree programs by the median first-year starting salaries for South Dakota State University graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer and Information Sciences with a median starting salary of $63,500 followed by Mechanical Engineering paying $60,400 and Civil Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $58,600 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $110,900 followed by Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) at $38,500 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for South Dakota State University graduates who received federal financial aid in the form of grants or loans. Not all graduates or fields of study are represented as data for some degree programs are omitted for privacy purposes.

Median first-year earnings for South Dakota State University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration (First Professional Degree) $110,900
Computer and Information Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $63,500
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $60,400
Civil Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $58,600
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $56,300
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $56,000
Construction Engineering Technologies (Bachelorís Degree) $55,300
Plant Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $53,800
Agricultural Mechanization (Bachelorís Degree) $46,300
Agricultural Business and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $45,200
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Animal Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $39,700
Agriculture (Bachelorís Degree) $39,600
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $38,500
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $37,700
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $37,500
History (Bachelorís Degree) $36,700
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $36,600
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $35,800
Design and Applied Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $34,100
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $34,000
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services (Bachelorís Degree) $33,500
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $33,100
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $32,500
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $32,200
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $31,900
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (Bachelorís Degree) $31,800
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $30,600
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $28,100
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $27,800
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $27,600

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219356 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for South Dakota State University.