Research Salaries in South Dakota

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A primary consideration for someone becoming a teacher in South Dakota is the type of salary he or she might expect to receive. According to the National Education Association, the average salary for a South Dakota certified teacher during the 2011-2012 school year was $39,850. That number was identical in the previous school year as well, indicating that while educator salaries in the state have not grown in recent years, they have remained relatively stable.

Salaries for teachers in South Dakota can vary somewhat, based on a variety factors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites some of the differences in salaries for teachers with teaching certification in South Dakota, based on the grade and subject taught. The state offers incentives and bonuses to teachers in particular high-need subject areas. Other factors that can impact salary include experience of the teacher, location of the school, and whether the teacher is trained to handle special education classrooms.

The following table from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the average salaries for those who fulfill the teaching requirements in South Dakota, as well as the national salary averages.

Occupation Annual mean wage in South Dakota Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $69,320 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $70,680 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $65,140 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $63,230 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $59,170 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $29,330 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $39,210 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $40,400 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $41,140 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $40,530 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $40,180 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $40,720 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $40,890 $39,370

Location also plays a part in how much a qualified teacher can expect to earn in South Dakota. The following table from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrates salary differentiations between some of the major cities in the state.

Area name Annual mean wage
Sioux Fall, SD $38,800
Rapid City, SD $32,v480
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area $32,480

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