These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In South Dakota For 2019

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by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in South Dakota

Ever wonder who gets paid the most? Or how much your dentist makes for all the pain they put you through?

We had that same burning desire to know more about the highest paid professions in South Dakota. And if you can’t tell by that sentence, we’re a bit of what you’d call data nerds.

We decided to go directly to the source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

After scrounging through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we discovered that Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in South Dakota.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten highest paying jobs in South Dakota:

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Internists, General
  3. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  4. Chief Executives
  5. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  6. Family and General Practitioners
  7. Pediatricians, General
  8. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  9. Dentists, General
  10. Nurse Anesthetists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 9 on the list of highest paid professions in the Mount Rushmore State. So the next time you sit there while they drill you can dwell on the fact that they are getting extremely well paid for it.

How we determined the highest paid jobs in South Dakota For 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 530 job classifications in South Dakota in order to identify those that get paid the most.

Pretty straightforward and easy to do when the government does your job for you 🙂

We used the most recently released data on March 29, 2019.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In South Dakota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $293,110 $207,730 50
2 Internists, General $287,890 $196,880 240
3 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $274,250 $172,770 80
4 Chief Executives $251,950 $127,960 540
5 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $227,710 $110,550 450
6 Family And General Practitioners $214,030 $112,020 450
7 Pediatricians, General $211,230 $136,670 40
8 Dentists, All Other Specialists $204,060 $117,860 30
9 Dentists, General $198,170 $102,280 240
10 Nurse Anesthetists $188,360 $134,180 390
11 Marketing Managers $145,400 $99,950 70
12 Purchasing Managers $139,200 $79,750 50
13 Computer And Information Systems Managers $132,190 $95,000 210
14 Financial Managers $132,030 $84,380 680
15 Architectural And Engineering Managers $130,230 $87,360 110
16 Sales Managers $128,760 $84,420 330
17 General And Operations Managers $125,490 $72,140 3,670
18 Pharmacists $116,410 $96,230 1,150
19 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $113,460 $36,880 530
20 Sales Engineers $112,570 $70,510 100
21 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $111,940 $66,450 220
22 Lawyers $109,070 $54,770 880
23 Medical And Health Services Managers $106,830 $68,540 730
24 Natural Sciences Managers $105,190 $76,960 80
25 Physician Assistants $102,830 $84,560 540
26 Industrial Production Managers $101,810 $70,300 430
27 Nurse Practitioners $100,690 $77,790 540
28 Computer Network Architects $100,330 $67,880 410
29 Veterinarians $100,050 $55,720 270
30 Environmental Engineers $99,760 $59,810 80
31 Managers, All Other $99,030 $55,890 370
32 Optometrists $96,540 $56,840 150
33 Human Resources Managers $96,480 $67,320 250
34 Construction Managers $95,820 $70,320 270
35 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $95,330 $66,770 200
36 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $95,150 $56,600 160
37 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $93,430 $52,950 570
38 Information Security Analysts $91,630 $66,510 250
39 Software Developers, Systems Software $90,430 $56,240 660
40 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $87,390 $54,160 160
41 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $87,010 $58,370 110
42 Financial Examiners $86,920 $46,480 100
43 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $86,280 $56,970 60
44 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $85,710 $59,570 40
45 Chiropractors $85,630 $53,830 130
46 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $85,300 $45,560 1,570
47 Electrical Engineers $84,710 $55,870 300
48 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $84,620 $46,240 270
49 Engineers, All Other $84,320 $29,850 90
50 Psychologists, All Other $84,200 $26,150 30
51 Radiation Therapists $83,790 $66,970 40
52 Administrative Services Managers $83,160 $58,120 350
53 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $82,780 $60,610 40
54 Industrial Engineers $82,780 $58,050 560
55 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $82,600 $44,140 60
56 Air Traffic Controllers $82,580 $68,910 60
57 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $81,860 $51,430 80
58 Computer Occupations, All Other $81,250 $60,810 190
59 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $80,900 $42,990 160
60 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $80,310 $56,700 90
61 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $79,630 $56,790 100
62 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $79,570 $57,150 610
63 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $78,810 $43,610 60
64 Insurance Underwriters $78,370 $49,950 240
65 Management Analysts $78,140 $44,930 2,700
66 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $78,060 $51,930 140
67 Locomotive Engineers $77,640 $50,760 190
68 Personal Financial Advisors $77,490 $42,250 390
69 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $77,260 $50,510 40
70 Civil Engineers $77,030 $53,340 1,140
71 Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers $76,880 $56,900 900
72 Database Administrators $76,770 $46,660 140
73 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $76,340 $50,350 40
74 Mechanical Engineers $76,220 $54,780 540
75 Physical Therapists $76,200 $55,750 870
76 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $75,910 $49,790 80
77 Computer Systems Analysts $75,810 $51,560 760
78 Software Developers, Applications $75,000 $52,040 1,010
79 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $74,270 $48,010 160
80 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $74,200 $51,280 80
81 Logisticians $73,940 $50,600 130
82 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $73,900 $54,080 270
83 Financial Analysts $73,870 $46,620 450
84 Education Administrators, All Other $73,320 $58,810 70
85 Control And Valve Installers And Repairers, Except Mechanical Door $72,770 $52,050 330
86 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $72,050 $43,140 210
87 First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers $72,020 $48,510 110
88 First-Line Supervisors Of Mechanics, Installers, And Repairers $71,980 $53,050 960
89 Social And Community Service Managers $71,630 $53,170 240
90 Social Workers, All Other $71,330 $52,290 90
91 Business Operations Specialists, All Other $70,830 $41,360 700
92 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $70,730 $54,820 100
93 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $70,120 $50,990 70
94 Occupational Therapists $69,390 $52,400 410
95 Landscape Architects $69,280 $35,250 100
96 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $69,240 $44,660 240
97 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $68,980 $52,270 90
98 History Teachers, Postsecondary $68,250 $47,180 50
99 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $68,220 $43,610 170
100 Surveyors $67,970 $44,730 130

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