Average Salary Offers

2018 - 2019 Graduates (BS degrees)

The following table shows the average starting salary offers from the South Dakota School of Mines class of 2018 through the class of 2019 bachelor's degree graduates. Each bachelor college degree is listed and averaged separately. SD Mines graduates earn an average starting salary of $66,516. 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. Our starting salary information is based on actual numbers reported by recent graduates.  This information differs from College Scorecard information because our data includes all students, not just those who received some form of federal financial aid. For any questions on the salary report, please contact the Career and Professional Development Center.

Degree Average Salary Offers
Applied Biological Sciences *
Chemical Engineering $69,848
Chemistry *
Civil & Environmental Engineering $60,795
Computer Engineering $71,750
Computer Science $75,843
Electrical Engineering $63,120
Geology *
Geological Engineering  $58,429
Industrial Engineering & Engineering Mgmt. $66,525
Interdisciplinary Sciences *
Mathematics *
Mechanical Engineering $64,849
Metallurgical Engineering $69,417
Mining Engineering $67,778
Physics *
School of Mines Overall $66,516 

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



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PLACEMENT



96

PERCENT


419

GRADUATES


222

EMPLOYERS


$66,516

SALARY


38

STATES


Data based on most recently
completed academic year

Undergraduate Placement

Undergraduate Placement 2018

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