South Dakota Computer Science Degree Salary

By Henry R. Steele - July 4, 2018
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The following article discusses the salary and career outlook for graduates with a MBA, Graduate or Undergraduate Computer Science degree in South Dakota. Learn about the demand, salary outlook, top employers, job titles, as well as education options for campus and online Computer science degree programs for South Dakota graduates.

Computer Science Snapshot

Avg US Salary

$101,878

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Avg South Dakota Salary

$100,565

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State vs National

Ranked 8th

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Total Job Postings

187

Job Type

Full-Time

Min Education Level

Bachelor’s Degree

Recommended Degree

Masters or MBA

Most Common Degree

Comp Sci/Engineering

Desired Experience Level

Mid Level

*Data based on job title of Software Engineer

South Dakota Computer Science Demand

Employment related to technology remained approximately the same in 2017, according to CompTIA, which is the top technology industry association in the country. That organization estimates that the technology sector is responsible for 4.4% of the total economy in South Dakota, which is home to at least 1300 technology businesses as of 2017.

South Dakota is home to approximately 21,200 technology workers and that makes it ranked #49 in the country in net technology employment. Technology workers now make up 4.3% of the workforce in South Dakota. The best year over year job growth in technology in 2017 occurred in custom software services and IT services.

National Computer Science Salary Outlook

The national average estimate for Software Engineer was $101,878. This number is estimated from over 57,009 salaries and job advertisements from Indeed.com. This equates to an hourly salary of $53.060 and monthly of $8,490.

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$32,000

$210,000

Salary Distribution

South Dakota Computer Science Salaries by Career

The following Computer Science career paths show the average salary derived from job postings in South Dakota.

Database Administrator$66,744 Rank: 44th
The average salary ranks 44th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $34.760 and monthly of $5,562. There were job openings from employers like MetaBank, TranSource Truck & Equipment, Inc., Midco, and Ethos Risk. Further, 90% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Database Administrator required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$33,000

$101,000

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Application Developer$73,972 Rank: 30th
The average salary ranks 30th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $38.530 and monthly of $6,164. There were job openings from employers like TriTech & Zuercher Technologies, Eagle Creek Software Services, Wells Fargo, and Avera Health. Further, 91% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Commission, Internship, Temporary were also available. Most jobs for Application Developer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$37,000

$121,000

Salary Distribution
Software Engineer$100,565 Rank: 8th
The average salary ranks 8th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $52.380 and monthly of $8,380. There were job openings from employers like Daktronics, Fiserv, South Dakota State Government, and SGT. Further, 90% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Internship, Part-time, Temporary were also available. Most jobs for Software Engineer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$25,000

$225,000

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Full Stack Developer$96,748 Rank: 19th
The average salary ranks 19th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $50.390 and monthly of $8,062. There were job openings from employers like Eagle Creek Software Services, Sandhills Publishing, CorTrust Bank, and SDN Communications. Further, 100% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as were also available. Most jobs for Full Stack Developer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$46,000

$166,000

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Security Analyst$64,531 Rank: 32nd
The average salary ranks 32nd among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $33.610 and monthly of $5,378. There were job openings from employers like Mass Markets, Wells Fargo, Sanford Health, and Perspecta. Further, 90% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract, Part-time were also available. Most jobs for Security Analyst required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$13.95

$61.55

Salary Distribution
Software Architect$104,198 Rank: 37th
The average salary ranks 37th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $54.270 and monthly of $8,683. There were job openings from employers like Sanford Health, JELD-WEN, ISG, and DocuTAP. Further, 91% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Commission, Contract were also available. Most jobs for Software Architect required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$52,000

$160,000

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Quality Assurance Engineer$57,534 Rank: 41st
The average salary ranks 41st among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $29.970 and monthly of $4,795. There were job openings from employers like Falcon Plastics, CURT Group, American Engineering Testing Inc, and Wells Fargo. Further, 100% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as were also available. Most jobs for Quality Assurance Engineer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$88,000

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Web Developer$53,361 Rank: 44th
The average salary ranks 44th among states in the country. This equates to an hourly salary of $27.790 and monthly of $4,447. There were job openings from employers like Eagle Creek Software Services, Black Hills Corporation, Strider Sports International, Inc., and Alom Poly Extrusions. Further, 96% of these employers were seeking Full-time workers. Others such as Contract were also available. Most jobs for Web Developer required an applicant to have Mid Level experience.

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$14,000

$116,000

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Best Cities for Computer Science in South Dakota

The following list of South Dakota cities show the largest number of job postings for Computer Science careers:

City # of Employers Average Salary
Sioux Falls 28 $113,086

Top South Dakota Employers for Computer Science

The following list looks at top employers in South Dakota hiring students and professionals in the Computer Science field:

Employer Name Average Salary

South Dakota Campus-Based Computer Science Degrees

The following list shows the number of campus-based colleges offer Computer Science degrees throughout South Dakota:

The University of South Dakota offers a bachelor of science degree in computer science that is appropriate for students who want a career as a systems programmer, computer system analyst, network and computer systems administrator or software developer in industrial, scientific or engineering environments. This program also serves as a good background for additional graduate level work in computer science. The required mathematics and science courses are a supplement to the computer science courses that enable you to design and implement computer software that involves complex computations, interfaces and data structures.

The required course for the bachelor of science in computer science include:

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
  • Intermediate Computer Programming
  • Machine Organization
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Information Retrieval and Analysis
  • Social, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Computing
  • Theory and Systems Fundamentals
  • Computer Networks and Security

The University of South Dakota also offers a master of science in computer science. You can apply up to nine of your credits from the BS program to satisfy your graduate credits. Required courses in this program are:

  • Distributed Systems
  • Operating Systems and Architecture
  • Compiler Construction
  • Software Design and Development
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms
  • Programming Languages
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Analysis

South Dakota Online Computer Science Degrees

The following online degree programs are available for South Dakota Computer Science students.

Disclaimer: All salary numbers and figures are will vary depending on several factors such as level of education, college/university attended, amount of experience, industry, company size and location. Sources for the above salary, employer and jobs data was aggregated through Indeed.com and BLS.gov

Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
Managing Editor
Henry is Managing Editor of BusinessStudent.com. He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.Follow on Twitter.com

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