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Social Work Salaries in South Dakota - SD

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual social worker salary in South Dakota ranges between approximately $35,000 (mental health and substance abuse social workers) and $65,000 (non-specialty social workers).  Between the major cities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, social worker salaries are quite similar with professionals earning an average annually of approximately:

  • Rapid City:
  • $37,000 for child, family and school social workers;
  • $42,000 for medical and public health social workers; and
  • $40,000 for mental health and substance abuse social workers.*
  • Sioux Falls:
  • $37,000 for child, family and school social workers;
  • $43,000 for medical and public health social workers; and
  • $35,000 for mental health and substance abuse social workers.*

Average annual social worker salaries in South Dakota fall somewhat below the national average annual social worker salaries, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report to be:

  • $44,000 for child, family and school social workers;
  • $48,000 for medical and public health social workers; and
  • $41,000 for mental health and substance abuse social workers.

Social work graduates often enter positions at social service agencies, community organizations and K-12 schools.  Individuals who posses graduate degrees may hold supervisory and directorship roles within these and various workplace settings, including South Dakota‚Äôs two largest tertiary hospitals, Avera McKennan Hospital and Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center.

Social workers can positively impact lives through work with individuals, families and organizations, thereby strengthening communities.  Over 100,000 professionals are expected to enter this growing field by 2018, with a particular need identified for practitioners in rural areas of South Dakota.

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