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Salaries by Major at University of South Dakota

How much money do University of South Dakota graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $37,900 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $48,200 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 USD graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing with a median starting salary of $55,900 followed by Dental Support Services and Allied Professions paying $53,500 and Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing graduates who have a median starting income of $44,000 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $99,900 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $65,700 and Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (First Professional Degree) who earn $64,500 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for University of South Dakota 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 University of South Dakota graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions (Master's Degree) $99,900
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $65,700
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (First Professional Degree) $64,500
Public Administration (Master's Degree) $63,100
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (Master's Degree) $62,100
Educational Administration and Supervision (Master's Degree) $59,500
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $58,000
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Bachelorís Degree) $55,900
Medicine (First Professional Degree) $55,400
Human Services (Master's Degree) $54,400
Dental Support Services and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $53,500
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services (Master's Degree) $51,400
Law (First Professional Degree) $49,200
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (Associate's Degree) $44,000
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (Master's Degree) $42,900
Health and Medical Administrative Services (Bachelorís Degree) $41,400
Social Work (Master's Degree) $41,200
Accounting and Related Services (Bachelorís Degree) $40,900
Special Education and Teaching (Bachelorís Degree) $38,700
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $37,700
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods (Bachelorís Degree) $37,400
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Bachelorís Degree) $37,100
Criminal Justice and Corrections (Bachelorís Degree) $35,400
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (Bachelorís Degree) $35,200
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences (Bachelorís Degree) $33,300
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $32,300
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $31,400
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Bachelorís Degree) $31,400
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $31,100
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $29,300
History (Bachelorís Degree) $25,700
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $24,600
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $23,900

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219471 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for University of South Dakota.