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Top 200 Highest Paying Jobs in South Dakota

The top 200 highest paying jobs in South Dakota (ranked by annual average salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid workers) and the number of employment of each job in South Dakota are also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in South Dakota is chief executive with an average annual salary of $182,540. The second highest paying job is nurse anesthetists (average salary $168,760). The salary and the employment information in South Dakota is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in South Dakota

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Chief Executives
$182,540
740
2 Nurse Anesthetists
$168,760
280
3 General Dentists
$143,120
390
4 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$117,410
150
5 Financial Managers
$115,910
590
6 Sales Managers
$113,420
320
7 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$111,010
130
8 Pharmacists
$110,840
1,160
9 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$106,660
0
10 Marketing Managers
$105,990
70
11 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$102,090
90
12 General and Operations Managers
$100,910
3,670
13 Optometrists
$98,230
80
14 Other Physical Scientists
$96,420
40
15 Natural Sciences Managers
$96,420
100
16 Purchasing Managers
$93,760
40
17 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$93,590
210
18 Physician Assistants
$91,790
510
19 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$89,860
110
20 Funeral Service Managers
$89,810
30
21 Medical and Health Services Managers
$89,290
660
22 Human Resources Managers
$89,290
210
23 Nurse Practitioners
$89,210
420
24 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$87,900
40
25 Industrial Production Managers
$87,690
360
26 Systems Software Developers
$85,850
230
27 Construction Managers
$85,080
210
28 Lawyers
$85,050
770
29 Information Security Analysts
$85,050
150
30 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$82,410
70
31 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$82,230
640
32 All Other Managers
$79,890
260
33 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$79,560
60
34 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$76,640
60
35 Administrative Services Managers
$76,430
330
36 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$75,740
120
37 Veterinarians
$75,290
220
38 Electrical Engineers
$75,020
270
39 Computer Network Architects
$74,610
180
40 Environmental Engineers
$74,350
100
41 Air Traffic Controllers
$74,080
50
42 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$73,950
160
43 Other Computer Occupations
$73,920
170
44 Database Administrators
$73,710
110
45 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$73,700
1,560
46 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$73,100
110
47 Applications Software Developers
$72,700
830
48 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$72,590
580
49 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$72,240
90
50 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$71,580
120
51 Physical Therapists
$71,230
590
52 Industrial Engineers
$70,720
450
53 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$70,010
40
54 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$69,860
40
55 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$69,600
100
56 Other Social Workers
$69,580
80
57 Other Education Administrators
$69,440
90
58 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$68,370
260
59 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$67,630
170
60 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$67,130
70
61 Insurance Underwriters
$67,050
340
62 Mechanical Engineers
$67,010
480
63 Chiropractors
$66,740
200
64 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$66,510
770
65 Personal Financial Advisors
$65,950
220
66 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
$65,730
970
67 Computer Systems Analysts
$65,680
530
68 Civil Engineers
$65,620
1,060
69 Social and Community Service Managers
$65,270
220
70 Audiologists
$63,800
30
71 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$63,780
80
72 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
$63,640
180
73 Management Analysts
$62,490
2,150
74 Other Business Operations Specialists
$62,320
740
75 Occupational Therapists
$61,840
300
76 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$61,430
80
77 Other Biological Scientists
$61,420
100
78 Farm Products Buyers and Purchasing Agents
$61,350
290
79 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$61,160
150
80 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
$60,800
710
81 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$60,480
140
82 Commercial Pilots
$60,210
190
83 Financial Analysts
$59,960
550
84 Other Financial Specialists
$59,920
80
85 Logisticians
$59,920
80
86 Loan Officers
$59,840
1,470
87 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$59,680
600
88 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$59,470
80
89 Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
$59,290
30
90 Orthotists and Prosthetists
$59,100
50
91 Dental Hygienists
$58,910
580
92 Postsecondary Education Teachers
$58,310
220
93 Agricultural Engineers
$58,240
30
94 Landscape Architects
$58,140
160
95 Postsecondary History Teachers
$58,110
50
96 Other Engineering Technicians
$57,960
80
97 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$57,960
1,630
98 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
$57,680
100
99 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$57,680
260
100 Conservation Scientists
$57,510
280
101 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$57,490
50
102 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$57,370
210
103 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$57,300
210
104 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$57,030
150
105 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$56,890
150
106 Accountants and Auditors
$56,840
4,110
107 Instructional Coordinators
$56,720
310
108 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
$56,610
510
109 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
$56,570
510
110 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$56,570
180
111 Budget Analysts
$56,560
110
112 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$56,550
70
113 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$56,420
150
114 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$56,340
280
115 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$56,330
140
116 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$56,320
230
117 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$56,180
1,250
118 Credit Analysts
$56,050
440
119 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$55,960
60
120 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$55,800
40
121 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$55,560
60
122 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$55,440
330
123 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$55,210
140
124 Real Estate Brokers
$54,990
50
125 Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
$54,960
60
126 Soil and Plant Scientists
$54,880
450
127 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
$54,610
270
128 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$54,250
80
129 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
$54,130
1,350
130 Animal Scientists
$53,700
70
131 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$53,450
70
132 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$53,370
190
133 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$52,940
60
134 Surveyors
$52,720
110
135 Web Developers
$52,170
270
136 Registered Nurses
$52,090
11,620
137 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$51,970
150
138 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$51,780
420
139 Locomotive Engineers
$51,730
120
140 Computer Programmers
$51,630
540
141 Microbiologists
$51,560
110
142 Dietitians and Nutritionists
$51,510
170
143 Chemists
$51,360
150
144 Real Estate Sales Agents
$51,160
290
145 Producers and Directors
$51,160
140
146 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$50,970
80
147 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
$50,950
710
148 Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrators
$50,900
70
149 Other Plant and System Operators
$50,640
40
150 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$50,600
730
151 Speech-Language Pathologists
$50,590
360
152 Urban and Regional Planners
$49,970
180
153 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
$49,850
5,140
154 Lodging Managers
$49,540
180
155 Postsecondary Vocational Education Teachers
$49,300
390
156 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$49,070
180
157 Postal Service Mail Carriers
$48,940
940
158 Insurance Sales Agents
$48,910
1,980
159 Medical Equipment Repairers
$48,890
150
160 Food Scientists and Technologists
$48,390
40
161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
$48,090
560
162 Cost Estimators
$47,990
520
163 Food Service Managers
$47,740
680
164 Other First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$47,700
0
165 Respiratory Therapists
$47,660
320
166 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
$47,480
180
167 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
$47,300
30
168 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
$47,300
540
169 Other Health Technologists and Technicians
$47,100
90
170 Human Resources Specialists
$46,960
1,040
171 Computer Network Support Specialists
$46,700
760
172 Survey Researchers
$46,690
0
173 Foresters
$46,290
110
174 Interior Designers
$46,220
90
175 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$46,190
160
176 Compliance Officers
$46,000
1,160
177 Curators
$45,860
90
178 Radiologic Technologists
$45,720
980
179 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
$45,700
610
180 Crane and Tower Operators
$45,450
100
181 Court Reporters
$45,430
60
182 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$45,380
190
183 First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
$45,270
150
184 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$44,990
70
185 Other Sales Representatives
$44,900
400
186 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
$44,840
1,050
187 Forensic Science Technicians
$44,730
30
188 Agricultural Inspectors
$44,390
50
189 Cargo and Freight Agents
$44,330
280
190 Editors
$44,330
120
191 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
$44,270
310
192 Health Educators
$44,240
130
193 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
$44,130
1,870
194 Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers
$43,970
50
195 Electricians
$43,590
1,770
196 Public Relations Specialists
$43,200
960
197 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
$43,180
60
198 Tool and Die Makers
$43,060
230
199 Advertising Sales Agents
$43,060
580
200 Training and Development Specialists
$43,020
550

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