Average Salary Offers

2017 - 2018 Graduates (BS degrees)

The following table shows the average starting salary offers from the South Dakota School of Mines class of 2017 through the class of 2018 bachelor's degree graduates. Each bachelor college degree is listed and averaged separately.  SD Mines graduates earn an average starting salary of $63,354. The high starting salaries combined with SD Mine’s low cost makes student loans more affordable. SD Mines college students have long recognized the high return on investment offered in South Dakota. For any questions on the salary report, please contact the Career and Professional Development Center.

Degree Average Salary Offers
Applied Biological Sciences *
Chemical Engineering $65,201
Chemistry *
Civil & Environmental Engineering $60,469
Computer Engineering $66,125
Computer Science $74,313
Electrical Engineering $64,377
Geology $52,143
Geological Engineering  *
Industrial Engineering & Engineering Mgmt. $63,407
Interdisciplinary Sciences *
Mathematics *
Mechanical Engineering $61,667
Metallurgical Engineering $61,555
Mining Engineering $70,688
Physics *
School of Mines Overall $63,354 

* Pursuing graduate degrees or fewer than 5 salary offers reported.  



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PLACEMENT



97

PERCENT


343

GRADUATES


235

EMPLOYERS


$63,354

SALARY


38

STATES


Data based on most recently
completed academic year

RESPEC
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Kimberly Clark

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BarrickGold
Caterpillar
BakerHughes
Kiewit
Raven Industries
LockheedMartin
Innovative Systems
BurnsMcDonnell
Cargill
Nucor
South Dakota DENR
Garmin
Halliburton
FreeportMcMoRan
EmersonProcessManagement
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L-3 Communications
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South Dakota DOT
Lyondell Basell
ArcherDanielsMidland