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2021 Highest Paid Special Education Graduates in South Dakota

95 Bachelor's Degrees
$38,650 Avg Salary
$26,978 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Special Education Graduates in South DakotaSpecial Education is the #18 most popular major in South Dakota with 95 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.1% of all the special ed bachelor's degrees in the country. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Special Ed Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Special Education Graduates in South Dakota ranking looked at 2 colleges that offer a bachelor's in special ed.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Special Education Majors

The average special education major who graduates from a school in South Dakota earns about $38,650 per year during the early years of their career. That's right on par with the typical salary of a bachelor's degree holder with a degree from any field.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in special ed is $36,194. This means that degree holders from schools in South Dakota make 7% more than their countrywide peers.

Average Salary for Special Ed Graduates from Schools in South Dakota  38,650
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77,400
Average Salary for Special Ed Graduates from Schools Nationwide  36,194
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77,400
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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77,400

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2021 Highest Paid Special Education Grads in South Dakota

The following colleges produce the highest paid special ed graduates.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Special Ed Graduates in South Dakota

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid special education school. Augustana Sioux Falls is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Sioux Falls.

Special Ed majors at Augustana Sioux Falls take out an average of $25,626 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#1

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Dakota. Located in the town of Vermillion, U of South Dakota is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Special Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,700.

On average, special ed graduates from U of South Dakota take out $25,925 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Dakota State is a small public school located in the distant town of Madison.

Special Ed majors at Dakota State take out an average of $27,472 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $282.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Black Hills State University. BHSU is a small public school located in the distant town of Spearfish. Special Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,600.

Special Ed majors at BHSU take out an average of $32,741 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Our rankings recognize Northern State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. NSU is a small public school located in the remote town of Aberdeen.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at NSU accumulate an average of around $28,017 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $287, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Special Education Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Special Education Schools in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 217 173
Minnesota 210 169
Iowa 193 32
Kansas 175 12
Nebraska 174 192
North Dakota 141 17

Special Education is one of 14 different types of Education programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 363
Teacher Education Subject Specific 287
General Education 1
Other Education 1

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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