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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 family and general practitioners with an average annual salary of $205,530. The second highest paying job is chief executive (average salary $182,540). The salary and the employment information in South Dakota is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in South Dakota

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Family and General Practitioners
$205,530
430
2 Chief Executives
$182,540
560
3 Nurse Anesthetists
$181,270
320
4 General Dentists
$142,380
350
5 Marketing Managers
$124,300
60
6 Financial Managers
$121,810
610
7 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$121,790
210
8 Sales Managers
$117,830
300
9 Pharmacists
$115,670
1,240
10 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$115,590
110
11 Purchasing Managers
$113,100
50
12 General and Operations Managers
$108,280
3,730
13 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$106,660
40
14 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$101,570
230
15 Medical and Health Services Managers
$98,520
750
16 Other Physical Scientists
$98,520
40
17 Physician Assistants
$97,420
520
18 Natural Sciences Managers
$97,360
80
19 Nurse Practitioners
$96,810
450
20 Other Psychologists
$95,710
40
21 Optometrists
$94,350
120
22 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$93,930
40
23 Industrial Production Managers
$93,270
400
24 Computer Network Architects
$92,270
280
25 All Other Managers
$91,600
300
26 Construction Managers
$91,160
200
27 Human Resources Managers
$90,710
220
28 Funeral Service Managers
$89,810
30
29 Environmental Engineers
$89,390
90
30 Information Security Analysts
$88,540
210
31 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$88,540
580
32 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$88,470
30
33 Systems Software Developers
$85,830
490
34 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$85,140
130
35 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$84,240
70
36 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$79,310
70
37 Administrative Services Managers
$78,990
340
38 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$78,860
160
39 Lawyers
$78,290
760
40 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$78,110
610
41 Other Computer Occupations
$77,450
180
42 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$77,360
120
43 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$77,260
140
44 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$77,150
30
45 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$77,000
1,550
46 Insurance Underwriters
$75,910
270
47 Electrical Engineers
$75,740
280
48 Applications Software Developers
$75,560
1,140
49 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$75,460
250
50 Industrial Engineers
$75,250
530
51 Computer Hardware Engineers
$75,130
40
52 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$74,960
100
53 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$74,690
80
54 Radiation Therapists
$73,940
30
55 Physical Therapists
$73,660
730
56 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$73,480
40
57 Veterinarians
$73,230
240
58 Chiropractors
$73,160
160
59 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
$73,130
230
60 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$72,190
140
61 Personal Financial Advisors
$72,020
350
62 Power Plant Operators
$71,590
40
63 Hydrologists
$71,110
30
64 Civil Engineers
$71,020
1,110
65 Mechanical Engineers
$71,010
520
66 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$70,660
690
67 Other Education Administrators
$70,500
70
68 Computer Systems Analysts
$70,400
700
69 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$70,320
40
70 Database Administrators
$70,150
100
71 Other Social Workers
$70,070
90
72 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
$70,040
930
73 Gaming Managers
$67,540
30
74 Other Financial Specialists
$67,150
70
75 Management Analysts
$67,000
2,380
76 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$66,020
530
77 Social and Community Service Managers
$65,660
280
78 Financial Analysts
$65,310
500
79 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$65,180
90
80 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$64,930
80
81 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$64,170
90
82 Logisticians
$63,960
110
83 Audiologists
$63,800
30
84 Other Business Operations Specialists
$63,650
730
85 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$63,520
100
86 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$63,230
90
87 Farm Products Buyers and Purchasing Agents
$62,960
300
88 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$62,630
130
89 Occupational Therapists
$62,370
350
90 Loan Officers
$61,770
1,580
91 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$61,700
140
92 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$61,510
170
93 Postsecondary Education Teachers
$61,450
230
94 Postsecondary History Teachers
$61,420
60
95 Landscape Architects
$61,250
110
96 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$61,200
1,210
97 Commercial Pilots
$61,130
360
98 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$61,040
70
99 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
$60,860
710
100 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$60,660
210
101 Other Biological Scientists
$60,390
100
102 Accountants and Auditors
$60,310
4,540
103 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$60,160
140
104 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$60,140
170
105 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
$59,920
400
106 Instructional Coordinators
$59,880
370
107 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$59,860
1,650
108 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
$59,260
500
109 Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$59,240
30
110 Conservation Scientists
$59,240
290
111 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$59,070
200
112 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$58,940
70
113 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$58,940
360
114 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$58,890
50
115 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$58,840
60
116 Budget Analysts
$58,750
130
117 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$58,560
130
118 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$58,390
290
119 Surveyors
$58,360
140
120 Agricultural Engineers
$58,240
30
121 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$58,050
150
122 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$58,030
70
123 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$57,650
70
124 Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
$57,620
50
125 Dental Hygienists
$57,390
620
126 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$57,200
160
127 Speech-Language Pathologists
$57,150
370
128 Credit Analysts
$56,900
380
129 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
$56,580
1,380
130 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$56,530
150
131 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
$56,530
140
132 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$56,390
70
133 Food Scientists and Technologists
$56,230
50
134 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$56,200
250
135 Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrators
$55,820
70
136 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
$55,710
690
137 Producers and Directors
$55,690
140
138 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$55,640
240
139 Chemists
$55,440
150
140 Web Developers
$55,430
300
141 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
$55,400
5,390
142 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$55,190
210
143 Soil and Plant Scientists
$55,020
460
144 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$54,950
280
145 Registered Nurses
$54,380
12,130
146 Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
$54,260
80
147 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
$54,210
390
148 Urban and Regional Planners
$53,070
200
149 Real Estate Sales Agents
$52,920
300
150 Locomotive Engineers
$52,820
170
151 Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
$52,780
200
152 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$52,440
190
153 Compliance Officers
$52,390
940
154 Food Service Managers
$52,360
820
155 Insurance Sales Agents
$52,000
1,870
156 Other Health Technologists and Technicians
$51,880
130
157 Other Teachers and Instructors
$51,740
0
158 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$51,470
760
159 Dietitians and Nutritionists
$51,280
170
160 Curators
$50,950
80
161 Lodging Managers
$50,900
210
162 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
$50,480
630
163 Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$50,420
340
164 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
$50,330
590
165 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
$50,310
520
166 Respiratory Therapists
$49,960
330
167 Computer Programmers
$49,890
740
168 Other Plant and System Operators
$49,870
30
169 Cost Estimators
$49,840
730
170 Animal Scientists
$49,120
70
171 Microbiologists
$48,930
60
172 Human Resources Specialists
$48,850
1,020
173 Radiologic Technologists
$48,580
860
174 Other First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$48,300
70
175 Chemical Plant and System Operators
$48,210
60
176 Foresters
$48,170
120
177 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$48,130
240
178 First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
$48,030
180
179 Health Educators
$47,800
140
180 Computer Network Support Specialists
$47,440
730
181 Other Sales Representatives
$47,370
450
182 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
$47,230
50
183 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
$47,180
460
184 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
$47,130
1,830
185 Medical Equipment Repairers
$47,130
210
186 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
$46,950
240
187 Editors
$46,790
170
188 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$46,700
170
189 Postsecondary Vocational Education Teachers
$46,700
350
190 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$46,640
70
191 Millwrights
$46,320
120
192 Technical Writers
$46,120
100
193 Training and Development Specialists
$46,060
510
194 Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
$46,000
410
195 Postal Service Mail Carriers
$46,000
950
196 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
$45,990
280
197 Court Reporters
$45,990
50
198 Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers
$45,980
30
199 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
$45,800
490
200 Fundraisers
$45,660
40

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