Top Areas for Hiring

A small and sparsely populated state, South Dakota nevertheless has many opportunities for educators on the job market. Below are a few of the large metropolitan areas where educators can find work opportunities in South Dakota.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Sioux Falls
  • 171,544
  • 93.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $43,860
  • [TBA]

Sioux Falls School District is the largest employer of teachers in the region and employs 1,471 teachers working full-time in 50 schools. Educators seeking teaching jobs can find job openings on the district’s recruitment page. Augustana University, which posts jobs on its recruitment site, and the University of Sioux Falls, which also posts jobs online, are best bets on the postsecondary side. Kilian Community College is another local option for postsecondary level educators. Public school teachers in Sioux Falls generally earn below the region’s living wage.

2Rapid City
  • 73,569
  • 94.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, University Professors
  • $53,720
  • [TBA]

Rapid City Area School District is the largest employer of K-12 educators in Rapid City. Educators looking for work can find job opportunities posted on the school district’s recruitment page. The National American University of Rapid City is among the city’s largest employers on the postsecondary side; career opportunities listed on the institute’s employment page. Other options include Black Hills State University. Based on statewide data, average salaries for public school teachers working in Rapid City fall marginally below the regional cost of living for a family of four.

3Aberdeen
  • 28,102
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $43,200
  • [TBA]

Matawan-Aberdeen School District is the region’s largest employer on the K-12 side of hiring. Educators seeking teaching opportunities in the district can locate current openings on the district’s recruitment page. Presentation College is the region’s main institute of further education in Aberdeen. Educators seeking opportunities can find job openings on the institute’s careers page. Classroom Teachers working full-time in Aberdeen generally do not meet the city’s estimated living wage, making dual-income educator families a necessity.

4Brookings
  • 23,657
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $43,200
  • [TBA]

In Brookings, the primary employer is Brookings School District. Educators seeking job opportunities can view postings on the district’s employment page. For postsecondary educators, the city’s primary facilitator for further learning is South Dakota State University. Job opportunities for educators can be found on the institutes recruitment page. Single-income educator families working in Brookings generally do not meet the city’s living wage estimate for the region. Postsecondary educators with full-time appointments are generally an exception.

5Watertown
  • 22,073
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $43,200
  • [TBA]

Watertown School District encompasses 8 schools and employs over 200 full-time teachers. Educators seeking employment can find opportunities on the school district’s employment page. There is a satellite campus of Mount Mary College in the town but otherwise no major colleges or universities. Average teaching salaries in Watertown for public school educators generally do not meet the living costs estimated for the region. Dual income educator households working full-time tend to exceed estimated average living costs.

Copyright 2016 tobecomeateacher.org All Rights Reserved