The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In South Dakota For 2020

by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists are the highest paid people in South Dakota.

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

  1. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  2. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  3. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  4. Chief Executives
  5. Family Medicine Physicians
  6. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Dentists, General
  9. Marketing Managers
  10. Financial Managers

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 8 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 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 522 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, 2020.

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 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $285,320 $205,450 260
2 General Internal Medicine Physicians $281,590 $196,340 220
3 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $268,690 $179,860 60
4 Chief Executives $256,110 $141,160 500
5 Family Medicine Physicians $219,360 $114,570 400
6 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $218,290 $111,100 400
7 Nurse Anesthetists $190,880 $147,720 370
8 Dentists, General $185,350 $89,470 250
9 Marketing Managers $162,890 $103,420 70
10 Financial Managers $139,620 $85,230 680
11 Computer And Information Systems Managers $139,230 $105,130 200
12 Architectural And Engineering Managers $135,830 $89,740 130
13 Sales Managers $131,620 $81,400 330
14 Purchasing Managers $130,950 $82,540 50
15 General And Operations Managers $128,890 $73,020 3,620
16 Sales Engineers $119,630 $73,390 90
17 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $118,430 $68,560 200
18 Pharmacists $118,360 $95,270 1,140
19 Lawyers $112,810 $57,130 880
20 Natural Sciences Managers $108,490 $76,410 90
21 Physician Assistants $107,270 $85,070 530
22 Medical And Health Services Managers $105,260 $68,240 780
23 Computer Network Architects $104,350 $73,730 410
24 Industrial Production Managers $104,240 $70,930 460
25 Nurse Practitioners $102,230 $80,920 550
26 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $101,700 $70,770 70
27 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $101,510 $56,390 390
28 Optometrists $100,610 $64,200 130
29 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $98,290 $58,350 540
30 Construction Managers $97,590 $69,560 330
31 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $95,780 $65,500 250
32 Human Resources Managers $95,190 $67,440 270
33 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $94,800 $79,760 40
34 Training And Development Managers $94,700 $62,050 40
35 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $93,990 $57,730 80
36 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $93,270 $46,080 190
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $92,340 $48,670 1,510
38 Information Security Analysts $91,130 $67,450 320
39 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $90,210 $37,960 570
40 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,980 $57,560 160
41 Veterinarians $89,130 $53,550 360
42 Financial Examiners $87,700 $45,810 100
43 Electrical Engineers $87,480 $56,530 280
44 Radiation Therapists $85,410 $68,150 30
45 Environmental Engineers $85,300 $61,160 80
46 Air Traffic Controllers $85,130 $70,720 50
47 Industrial Engineers $85,110 $59,850 640
48 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $84,490 $44,560 60
49 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $84,360 $58,220 370
50 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $84,330 $55,990 60
51 Chiropractors $84,290 $52,970 160
52 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $84,220 $61,050 30
53 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $83,510 $65,320 50
54 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $83,450 $52,880 240
55 Psychologists, All Other $83,100 $26,160 30
56 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $81,610 $58,630 620
57 Engineers, All Other $79,720 $50,990 130
58 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $79,490 $46,230 220
59 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $79,410 $53,210 140
60 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $79,400 $57,790 100
61 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $79,030 $52,940 1,780
62 Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers $78,010 $58,700 870
63 Management Analysts $77,930 $46,550 2,730
64 Insurance Underwriters $77,740 $51,690 300
65 History Teachers, Postsecondary $77,660 $53,030 40
66 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $77,560 $54,610 270
67 Mechanical Engineers $77,520 $56,130 570
68 Civil Engineers $77,450 $54,290 1,210
69 Physical Therapists $77,130 $57,260 920
70 Computer Occupations, All Other $76,960 $47,410 220
71 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $76,460 $52,700 70
72 Database Administrators And Architects $76,420 $47,230 170
73 Control And Valve Installers And Repairers, Except Mechanical Door $76,170 $53,290 310
74 First-Line Supervisors Of Firefighting And Prevention Workers $76,120 $52,390 100
75 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $75,700 $53,500 130
76 Computer Systems Analysts $75,680 $52,800 750
77 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $75,460 $53,630 60
78 Education Administrators, All Other $73,450 $59,700 70
79 First-Line Supervisors Of Mechanics, Installers, And Repairers $73,370 $52,760 1,040
80 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $73,250 $51,220 130
81 Nursing Instructors And Teachers, Postsecondary $73,160 $48,120 240
82 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $73,130 $56,330 100
83 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $72,740 $50,410 80
84 Social And Community Service Managers $72,700 $53,300 280
85 Occupational Therapists $72,370 $53,460 400
86 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $71,580 $43,420 220
87 Logisticians $71,440 $49,200 140
88 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $71,350 $41,440 120
89 Locomotive Engineers $71,340 $48,190 220
90 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $70,550 $51,270 170
91 Foreign Language And Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $70,230 $47,220 60
92 Landscape Architects $69,530 $39,860 70
93 Project Management Specialists And Business Operations Specialists, All Other $69,400 $40,210 1,010
94 Orthotists And Prosthetists $69,390 $44,690 40
95 Insurance Sales Agents $68,950 $36,670 1,890
96 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $68,950 $52,270 80
97 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $68,770 $38,450 660
98 Art, Drama, And Music Teachers, Postsecondary $68,760 $49,730 150
99 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $68,530 $53,730 100
100 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $68,390 $46,730 50

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