South Dakota Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 422,310
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -29,850 (-6.6%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $41,814
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $3,984 (10.5%)

Occupation Categories

There are 422,310 employed workers in South Dakota. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 63,050 people. This represents 14.9% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 46,820 and 41,760 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations63,05014.9%
Sales and Related Occupations46,82011.1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations41,7609.9%
Production Occupations32,4407.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31,2507.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations29,8107.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations24,7105.9%
Construction and Extraction Occupations22,0605.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations19,6904.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations16,9504.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations16,7504.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations14,7003.5%
Management Occupations11,8702.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations11,0302.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations8,1601.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations6,7801.6%
Protective Service Occupations6,6301.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations5,4301.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations4,9201.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations4,1601.0%
Legal Occupations1,7200.4%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,6200.4%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations, which currently employs 16,950 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 16,150 an increase of 800 or 5.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 580 and 500 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations, which currently employs 16,750 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 17,260 or 3.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which decreased 320 and 270 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which currently employs 31,250 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 25,010 an increase of 6,240 or 25.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Production Occupations, which increased 3,960 and 3,810 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 63,050 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 68,410 or 7.8%.
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations8,16038.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations19,69025.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31,25025.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,62023.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations14,70023.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations6,78020.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations4,92017.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations16,95014.7%
Production Occupations32,44013.3%
Protective Service Occupations6,63010.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations41,7607.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations24,7107.0%
Management Occupations11,8706.6%
Sales and Related Occupations46,8206.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations11,0306.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations16,7504.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations22,0603.9%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations5,4303.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations4,1603.0%
Legal Occupations1,7202.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations29,8100.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations63,050-7.8%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 15,970 people. This represents 3.8% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Cashiers and Registered Nurses, which employ 13,080 and 12,760 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in South Dakota are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons15,9703.8%
Cashiers13,0803.1%
Registered Nurses12,7603.0%
Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks9,6702.3%
Customer Service Representatives8,8802.1%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food8,8602.1%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8,3002.0%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers7,8801.9%
Waiters and Waitresses7,5401.8%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand6,2801.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which currently employs 8,860 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 7,230 an increase of 1,630 or 22.5%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Retail Salespersons and Cashiers, which increased 1,420 and 1,410 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Bill and Account Collectors, which currently employs 2,780 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 4,640 or 40.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Food Preparation Workers and Cooks Fast Food, which decreased 1,420 and 1,000 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Food Batchmakers720300.0%
Interpreters and Translators240300.0%
Structural Iron and Steel Workers750257.1%
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists140250.0%
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics270237.5%
Financial Specialists All Other170183.3%
Interior Designers150150.0%
Postal Service Clerks410141.2%
Occupational Therapy Assistants120140.0%
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians70133.3%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Grinding and Polishing Workers Hand50-82.8%
Credit Authorizers Checkers and Clerks160-79.7%
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic40-75.0%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants40-73.3%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic60-70.0%
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents100-67.7%
Helpers--Carpenters230-62.3%
Tool Grinders Filers and Sharpeners40-60.0%
Helpers--Electricians170-59.5%
Medical Secretaries100-58.3%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $107,120 per year. This represents 156.2% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which pay $81,210 and $71,380 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$107,120256.2%
Legal Occupations$81,210194.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,380170.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$68,120162.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$65,680157.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,470151.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$55,890133.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,100112.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$42,270101.1%
Protective Service Occupations$41,820100.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,43096.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,79095.2%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,62092.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$38,17091.3%
Production Occupations$34,85083.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,77083.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,21077.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$31,36075.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,59070.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,68063.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,16062.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,21055.5%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $107,120 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $81,640 an increase of $25,480 or 31.2%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Legal Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased $17,110 and $13,590 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Management Occupations$107,12031.2%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,62028.9%
Legal Occupations$81,21026.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,21026.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,10024.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$65,68024.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,77023.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,38023.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$68,12023.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,68023.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,16023.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$31,36022.2%
Protective Service Occupations$41,82022.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,47022.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,79021.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,59021.4%
Production Occupations$34,85021.4%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,21021.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$38,17017.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$55,89016.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,43014.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$42,27012.8%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $293,110 per year. This represents 701.0% above the state average of $41,814. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Internists General and Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pay $287,890 and $274,250 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in South Dakota are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$293,110701.0%
Internists General$287,890688.5%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$274,250655.9%
Chief Executives$251,950602.6%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$227,710544.6%
Family and General Practitioners$214,030511.9%
Pediatricians General$211,230505.2%
Dentists All Other Specialists$204,060488.0%
Dentists General$198,170473.9%
Nurse Anesthetists$188,360450.5%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in South Dakota are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$20,16048.2%
Childcare Workers$21,33051.0%
Dishwashers$21,34051.0%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$21,50051.4%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$21,67051.8%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$21,67051.8%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$21,82052.2%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$21,86052.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$21,91052.4%
Waiters and Waitresses$21,93052.4%



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