The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In South Dakota For 2021

By Chris Kolmar - Jun. 7, 2021

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2021. 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. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Chief Executives
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. Pediatricians, General
  8. Nurse Anesthetists
  9. Dentists, General
  10. Marketing Managers

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.

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in South Dakota For 2021

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 506 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, 2021.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In South Dakota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $290,730 $206,080 270
2 General Internal Medicine Physicians $286,330 $204,780 210
3 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $271,100 $183,380 70
4 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $269,100 $180,330 390
5 Chief Executives $259,430 $151,970 470
6 Family Medicine Physicians $224,960 $117,920 340
7 Pediatricians, General $221,720 $160,700 30
8 Nurse Anesthetists $190,660 $154,410 360
9 Dentists, General $187,850 $91,640 270
10 Marketing Managers $165,180 $106,350 70
11 Computer And Information Systems Managers $145,120 $108,030 240
12 Financial Managers $144,980 $90,330 690
13 Architectural And Engineering Managers $139,290 $98,160 140
14 Sales Managers $134,320 $82,290 310
15 General And Operations Managers $131,890 $75,560 3,550
16 Purchasing Managers $129,450 $82,650 60
17 Pharmacists $121,130 $97,800 1,200
18 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $115,060 $68,180 210
19 Computer Network Architects $113,080 $81,110 490
20 Lawyers $111,930 $60,580 890
21 Natural Sciences Managers $111,090 $77,020 100
22 Physician Assistants $109,290 $86,400 510
23 Medical And Health Services Managers $107,850 $69,840 810
24 Industrial Production Managers $106,550 $72,840 470
25 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $104,810 $56,340 1,420
26 Physicists $103,600 $34,330 40
27 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $103,310 $69,140 60
28 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $103,230 $60,220 600
29 Nurse Practitioners $103,080 $80,010 590
30 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $102,570 $56,670 450
31 Personal Financial Advisors $102,070 $49,010 260
32 Construction Managers $100,160 $70,800 340
33 Human Resources Managers $99,770 $68,670 270
34 Optometrists $97,600 $67,860 160
35 Information Security Analysts $95,560 $69,630 440
36 Electrical Engineers $94,990 $62,170 240
37 Funeral Home Managers $94,290 $67,150 40
38 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $94,130 $67,740 280
39 Computer Hardware Engineers $92,940 $71,210 50
40 Financial Examiners $91,600 $47,720 100
41 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $91,010 $60,640 30
42 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $90,560 $58,890 120
43 Air Traffic Controllers $89,860 $74,170 40
44 Psychologists, All Other $89,130 $26,160 30
45 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $88,130 $46,980 50
46 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $87,640 $41,480 220
47 Veterinarians $87,420 $54,170 430
48 Environmental Engineers $86,890 $61,270 100
49 Industrial Engineers $86,450 $60,540 670
50 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $84,930 $52,900 90
51 Database Administrators And Architects $84,840 $53,760 150
52 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $84,720 $59,110 440
53 Engineers, All Other $84,670 $51,780 120
54 Power Plant Operators $84,410 $70,020 60
55 Radiation Therapists $84,320 $68,200 30
56 Chiropractors $83,660 $54,000 190
57 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $83,540 $54,750 150
58 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $83,530 $38,320 480
59 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $83,450 $56,820 110
60 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $82,940 $53,050 150
61 Civil Engineers $81,320 $55,270 1,190
62 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $81,160 $59,210 110
63 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $81,050 $58,980 600
64 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $80,780 $50,000 680
65 Mechanical Engineers $80,500 $57,420 520
66 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $79,640 $52,210 220
67 Data Scientists And Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $79,380 $44,920 50
68 First-Line Supervisors Of Firefighting And Prevention Workers $79,060 $56,660 90
69 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $78,900 $55,840 40
70 Physical Therapists $78,850 $58,040 860
71 Computer Systems Analysts $78,780 $56,050 850
72 Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers $78,760 $56,600 680
73 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $78,650 $53,950 60
74 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $78,540 $53,630 2,050
75 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $78,110 $53,960 210
76 Control And Valve Installers And Repairers, Except Mechanical Door $78,030 $53,940 270
77 Education Administrators, All Other $76,940 $60,810 80
78 Management Analysts $75,920 $46,930 2,670
79 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $75,850 $43,580 100
80 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $75,660 $59,120 100
81 Social Workers, All Other $75,390 $54,680 100
82 First-Line Supervisors Of Mechanics, Installers, And Repairers $74,750 $54,050 1,150
83 Occupational Therapists $74,580 $55,370 390
84 Social And Community Service Managers $74,520 $54,620 280
85 History Teachers, Postsecondary $74,470 $48,910 40
86 Surveyors $74,430 $46,990 130
87 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $74,190 $45,620 230
88 Dental Hygienists $73,390 $58,200 510
89 Project Management Specialists And Business Operations Specialists, All Other $72,790 $43,260 1,320
90 Insurance Underwriters $72,720 $47,580 270
91 Insurance Sales Agents $72,640 $40,840 1,900
92 Commercial Pilots $72,030 $45,180 250
93 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $71,350 $44,520 220
94 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $70,670 $52,910 90
95 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $70,620 $55,200 100
96 Loan Officers $70,140 $47,650 2,010
97 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $69,950 $48,480 70
98 Nursing Instructors And Teachers, Postsecondary $69,880 $52,330 270
99 Acupuncturists And Healthcare Diagnosing Or Treating Practitioners, All Other $69,630 $52,710 70
100 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $69,380 $51,590 80

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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