In 2014, USA Today named South Dakota on its list of “America’s 10 Fastest-Growing Economies.” As the state’s economy surges and top industries for employment add new workers to their labor force, a new premium is placed on the HR professionals responsible for recruiting, screening and training new employees. Citibank’s extensive reach in the Sioux Falls area as a particularly strong driving force behind the growing financial sector. As a result, human resources professionals working in the finance industry may experience especially good employment opportunities and salary offers.
In related news, when the United States Department of Labor analyzed the fastest-growing occupations in South Dakota that require at least a bachelor-degree education, human resources managers were found amid the state’s top twenty-five featured professions. Between 2012 and 2022, human resources managers in South Dakota are projected to benefit from an employment growth rate of 12%.
Salary Ranges for South Dakota’s HR Professionals
The more experience and education a human resource professional has, the more they can expect to earn. In each major HR occupational field, veteran employees are typically offered at least twice the salary of those that work in entry-level positions.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the average pay ranges for human resources professions in South Dakota as of 2014 were:
Human resources managers
- Entry-Level: $64,600/yr. or $31.06/hr.
- Mid-Career: $89,300/yr. or $42.93/hr.
- Experienced: $131,700/yr. or $63.32/hr.
Human resources specialists
- Entry-Level: $33,900/yr. or $16.28/hr.
- Mid-Career: $47,000/yr. or $22.58/hr.
- Experienced: $72,700/yr. or $34.97/hr.
Human resources assistants
- Entry-Level: $22,900/yr. or $10.99/hr.
- Mid-Career: $30,800/yr. or $14.82/hr.
- Experienced: $40,500/yr. or $19.47/hr.
Human Resources Manager Salaries in South Dakota
Occupational wage reports compiled by the United States Department of Labor indicate that human resources managers working in South Dakota received an average annual salary of $94,140 and an average hourly wage of $45.26 in 2014.
Human resources managers employed in the nonmetropolitan area of Eastern South Dakota were paid a lower average annual salary of $92,230, while those in Sioux Falls earned a higher average annual salary of $99,170:
Human Resources Specialist Salaries in South Dakota
Salary statistics published by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources specialists employed in South Dakota brought home an average annual salary of $49,900 and an average hourly wage of $23.99 in 2014.
Rapid City-based businesses offered the highest pay to human resources specialists. Here, these HR workers earned an average annual salary of $52,060:
Human Resources Assistant Salaries in South Dakota
Wage data released by the United States Department of Labor confirm that human resources assistants working in South Dakota earned an average annual salary of $31,470 and an average hourly wage of $15.13 in 2014.
However, human resources assistants employed in Rapid City received an average annual salary closer to $34,000: