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Top 200 Popular Jobs in South Dakota

What professions have the highest employment in South Dakota? In this article we show the top 200 jobs that employ the highest number of people in South Dakota. We note that the total employment in South Dakota is 409,250. The most popular job is the retail salesperson profession, which employs 15,460 people (3.78 percent of the total employment in South Dakota). The second most common job is the cashier profession which employs 12,750 people (3.12 percent of the total employment). The employment and salary information in South Dakota is computed from data published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Most Popular Jobs in South Dakota

Job Description # of
Empl. i
% of    
Empl. i
Average
Salary i
1 All Occupations
409,250
100.00% $29,880
2 Retail Salespersons
15,460
3.78% $21,790
3 Cashiers
12,750
3.12% $18,710
4 Registered Nurses
11,620
2.84% $52,090
5 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
9,290
2.27% $29,530
6 Customer Service Representatives
8,900
2.17% $26,640
7 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
8,390
2.05% $22,260
8 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
8,160
1.99% $17,840
9 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
7,550
1.84% $36,570
10 Waiters and Waitresses
7,440
1.82% $18,030
11 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
6,960
1.70% $23,480
12 Nursing Assistants
6,370
1.56% $22,610
13 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
6,200
1.51% $21,080
14 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
5,600
1.37% $25,980
15 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
5,140
1.26% $49,850
16 Receptionists and Information Clerks
4,590
1.12% $23,650
17 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
4,420
1.08% $18,650
18 Office Clerks, General
4,140
1.01% $22,120
19 Accountants and Auditors
4,110
1.00% $56,840
20 Carpenters
4,020
0.98% $32,040
21 Bill and Account Collectors
3,900
0.95% $29,730
22 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
3,890
0.95% $39,530
23 General and Operations Managers
3,670
0.90% $100,910
24 Teacher Assistants
3,510
0.86% $21,710
25 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
3,490
0.85% $40,150
26 Food Preparation Workers
3,420
0.84% $18,660
27 Team Assemblers
3,330
0.81% $25,340
28 Bartenders
3,170
0.77% $18,490
29 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
3,160
0.77% $18,340
30 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
2,980
0.73% $33,200
31 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
2,850
0.70% $39,530
32 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
2,830
0.69% $18,350
33 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
2,660
0.65% $33,230
34 Childcare Workers
2,530
0.62% $18,580
35 Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
2,430
0.59% $22,610
36 Fast Food Cooks
2,400
0.59% $18,240
37 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
2,370
0.58% $36,070
38 Residential Advisors
2,340
0.57% $23,400
39 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
2,310
0.56% $28,170
40 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
2,260
0.55% $23,040
41 Management Analysts
2,150
0.53% $62,490
42 Packers and Packagers
2,110
0.52% $21,360
43 Tellers
2,070
0.51% $23,800
44 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
2,060
0.50% $19,830
45 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
2,010
0.49% $34,960
46 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
2,010
0.49% $40,050
47 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
2,000
0.49% $37,380
48 Insurance Sales Agents
1,980
0.48% $48,910
49 Personal Care Aides
1,930
0.47% $20,390
50 Restaurant Cooks
1,890
0.46% $22,230
51 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
1,870
0.46% $36,030
52 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
1,870
0.46% $44,130
53 Construction Laborers
1,850
0.45% $26,350
54 Loan Interviewers and Clerks
1,820
0.44% $31,750
55 Electricians
1,770
0.43% $43,590
56 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
1,770
0.43% $31,060
57 Parts Salespersons
1,680
0.41% $31,730
58 Driver/Sales Workers
1,640
0.40% $24,170
59 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
1,640
0.40% $40,900
60 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
1,630
0.40% $57,960
61 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
1,570
0.38% $26,430
62 Highway Maintenance Workers
1,570
0.38% $29,480
63 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
1,560
0.38% $73,700
64 Dishwashers
1,550
0.38% $17,850
65 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
1,550
0.38% $36,800
66 School or Special Client Bus Drivers
1,500
0.37% $27,150
67 Loan Officers
1,470
0.36% $59,840
68 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
1,460
0.36% $29,950
69 Correctional Officers and Jailers
1,400
0.34% $33,800
70 Amusement and Recreation Attendants
1,390
0.34% $18,520
71 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
1,350
0.33% $54,130
72 Security Guards
1,350
0.33% $23,300
73 Computer User Support Specialists
1,330
0.32% $36,100
74 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
1,250
0.31% $56,180
75 Pharmacy Technicians
1,240
0.30% $28,760
76 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
1,210
0.30% $28,680
77 Pharmacists
1,160
0.28% $110,840
78 Compliance Officers
1,160
0.28% $46,000
79 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
1,130
0.28% $30,820
80 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
1,130
0.28% $27,990
81 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
1,070
0.26% $20,410
82 Medical Assistants
1,070
0.26% $27,570
83 Civil Engineers
1,060
0.26% $65,620
84 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
1,050
0.26% $44,840
85 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
1,040
0.25% $38,770
86 Human Resources Specialists
1,040
0.25% $46,960
87 Short Order Cooks
1,020
0.25% $19,710
88 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
1,000
0.24% $30,670
89 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
1,000
0.24% $42,690
90 Telemarketers
1,000
0.24% $25,170
91 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
990
0.24% $29,090
92 Counter and Rental Clerks
980
0.24% $20,240
93 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
980
0.24% $33,600
94 Radiologic Technologists
980
0.24% $45,720
95 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
970
0.24% $65,730
96 Public Relations Specialists
960
0.23% $43,200
97 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
950
0.23% $20,130
98 Postal Service Mail Carriers
940
0.23% $48,940
99 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
940
0.23% $27,110
100 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
910
0.22% $28,300
101 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
900
0.22% $42,340
102 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
900
0.22% $27,810
103 Social and Human Service Assistants
900
0.22% $22,410
104 Billing and Posting Clerks
890
0.22% $27,420
105 Machinists
870
0.21% $35,970
106 Substitute Teachers
870
0.21% $27,440
107 Applications Software Developers
830
0.20% $72,700
108 Property, Real Estate Managers
800
0.20% $33,280
109 Coaches and Scouts
790
0.19% $29,780
110 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
770
0.19% $66,510
111 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
770
0.19% $28,790
112 Dental Assistants
770
0.19% $32,150
113 Home Health Aides
770
0.19% $25,440
114 Lawyers
770
0.19% $85,050
115 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
760
0.19% $30,050
116 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
760
0.19% $37,840
117 Computer Network Support Specialists
760
0.19% $46,700
118 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
740
0.18% $33,100
119 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
740
0.18% $37,720
120 Other Business Operations Specialists
740
0.18% $62,320
121 Chief Executives
740
0.18% $182,540
122 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
730
0.18% $50,600
123 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
720
0.18% $28,500
124 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
710
0.17% $60,800
125 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
710
0.17% $50,950
126 Automotive Body and Related Repairers
700
0.17% $36,370
127 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
680
0.17% $27,010
128 Food Service Managers
680
0.17% $47,740
129 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
670
0.16% $18,550
130 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
660
0.16% $27,290
131 Printing Press Operators
660
0.16% $30,020
132 Legal Secretaries
660
0.16% $30,690
133 Medical and Health Services Managers
660
0.16% $89,290
134 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
650
0.16% $32,530
135 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
650
0.16% $35,600
136 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
640
0.16% $82,230
137 Recreation Workers
640
0.16% $25,850
138 Library Technicians
640
0.16% $22,940
139 Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
640
0.16% $39,040
140 Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
630
0.15% $37,290
141 Carpenters Helpers
630
0.15% $20,320
142 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
630
0.15% $28,740
143 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
620
0.15% $22,410
144 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
620
0.15% $32,930
145 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
620
0.15% $32,020
146 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
610
0.15% $41,090
147 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
610
0.15% $45,700
148 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
600
0.15% $59,680
149 Medical Transcriptionists
600
0.15% $29,860
150 Graphic Designers
600
0.15% $34,390
151 Physical Therapists
590
0.14% $71,230
152 Financial Managers
590
0.14% $115,910
153 Advertising Sales Agents
580
0.14% $43,060
154 Dental Hygienists
580
0.14% $58,910
155 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
580
0.14% $72,590
156 Butchers and Meat Cutters
570
0.14% $28,130
157 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
570
0.14% $38,160
158 Conveyor Operators and Tenders
560
0.14% $28,480
159 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
560
0.14% $37,120
160 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
560
0.14% $48,090
161 Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
550
0.13% $21,840
162 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
550
0.13% $35,480
163 Financial Analysts
550
0.13% $59,960
164 Training and Development Specialists
550
0.13% $43,020
165 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
540
0.13% $36,530
166 Computer Programmers
540
0.13% $51,630
167 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
540
0.13% $47,300
168 Sheet Metal Workers
530
0.13% $34,680
169 Painters, Construction and Maintenance
530
0.13% $27,770
170 Librarians
530
0.13% $36,460
171 Computer Systems Analysts
530
0.13% $65,680
172 Cost Estimators
520
0.13% $47,990
173 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
510
0.12% $56,610
174 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
510
0.12% $56,570
175 Information and Record Clerks, All Other
510
0.12% $38,120
176 Physician Assistants
510
0.12% $91,790
177 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
500
0.12% $28,740
178 Firefighters
500
0.12% $40,260
179 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
490
0.12% $41,310
180 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
480
0.12% $19,050
181 Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
480
0.12% $22,960
182 Healthcare Social Workers
480
0.12% $36,690
183 Mechanical Engineers
480
0.12% $67,010
184 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
470
0.11% $33,250
185 Surgical Technologists
470
0.11% $37,650
186 Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
460
0.11% $23,850
187 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
460
0.11% $25,570
188 Secondary School Special Education Teachers
460
0.11% $40,640
189 Forest and Conservation Workers
450
0.11% $26,130
190 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
450
0.11% $35,060
191 Soil and Plant Scientists
450
0.11% $54,880
192 Industrial Engineers
450
0.11% $70,720
193 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
440
0.11% $34,240
194 Roofers
440
0.11% $28,070
195 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
440
0.11% $42,310
196 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
440
0.11% $39,580
197 Credit Analysts
440
0.11% $56,050
198 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
430
0.11% $42,520
199 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
420
0.10% $51,780
200 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
420
0.10% $27,210

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