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Design Schools In South Dakota

In South Dakota, there are 8 accredited schools where design classes faculty can find employment. The trends in South Dakota's design academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:


  1. Black Hills State University

    1200 University St, Spearfish, South Dakota 57799-9500

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  2. Dakota State University

    820 N Washington, Madison, South Dakota 57042-1799

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  3. Dakota Wesleyan University

    1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301-4398

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  4. National American University-Rapid City

    321 Kansas City Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3692

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  5. Northern State University

    1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198

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  6. South Dakota State University

    Administration Lane, Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898

    194 U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. Southeast Technical Institute

    2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301

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  8. National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension

    1000 Ellsworth Street Suite 2400-B, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota 57706

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Professional Trends

South Dakota Vs. National Design Employment

South Dakota 980
National 370,320

Of all of the design professionals that work in the US, approximately 0% work in South Dakota state.

Employment Growth for Design professionals In South Dakota

850 950 970 990 980
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In South Dakota, design is a growing field. 130 more design professionals were working in South Dakota in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of design has grown by 15% in South Dakota. This growth is faster than the change in the number of design professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of design professionals has shrunk by 8% from 2006 to 2010.

Design VS. All Professions salaries in South Dakota

$30,428 $36,710 $32,292 $31,620 $33,768
$38,163 $39,417 $40,567 $40,767 $40,691
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of design professionals is growing, the salaries paid to design professionals are increasing in South Dakota. Design professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $30,428 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $33,768 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in South Dakota

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

This represents a growth in salaries of 10%. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 109% pay differential between the highest paid design professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of design in South Dakota.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in South Dakota

Computer Animation
Game Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Visual Communications
Web Design

In South Dakota, design professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in South Dakota


As the number of design professionals is increasing in South Dakota state, the number of students graduating from the 8 accredited design schools in South Dakota state is decreasing. In 2006 there were 164 design graduates from design courses in South Dakota and in 2010 there were 91 graduates.

There was a decrease in the number of design school degree or certificate graduates in South Dakota by 45%. Most of these graduates, or 75%, earned an bachelor's degree in design.

Design Faculty Salaries in South Dakota

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