South Dakota

Salaries for teachers in South Dakota are quite low when compared to the rest of the nation. In a survey of average teacher salaries, South Dakota placed dead last among all the states, though beginning teacher salaries were just slightly better, ranking at 47th in the nation. While the cost of living is quite low in South Dakota, those in need of more compensation for their teaching work may want to carefully consider their options. On the bright side, teachers are in high demand in South Dakota, and finding employment may be easier than in many larger, more competitive areas. Teachers are also compensated with health care and retirement plans that can be great perks when considering job offers. Salaries can always be boosted by getting additional certifications or degrees.

Average Teacher Salaries in South Dakota

Salaries are from the 2006-2007 Watertown School District and reflect entry level wages.

  • Average Teacher Salary (Bachelor’s Degree): $26,750
  • Average Teacher Salary (Master’s Degree): $29,290
  • Average Teacher Salary (PhD): $31,470

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