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Are you interested in working as a welder in South Dakota? In this article, you’ll find helpful information about where you can learn about welding. You’ll also learn what the average wages are for a welder across different levels of experience.
South Dakota welder starts around $12.67, or about $26,000 a year for full-time work at the low end of the scale. The top 10% make about $25.62 per hour, or $52,000 full time. The median wage for an experienced South Dakota welder is $17.41 per hour, which is about $37,000 per year.
South Dakota welders earn less than 58% of all trades careers in the state. South Dakota ranks 29th in terms of average salary paid compared to other states and the District of Columbia which is about average.
Continuing education is important for welders, as in most careers. Keeping abreast of the latest technological advances is important for those who want to earn the highest wages.
Welding skills are also universal; it’s easy to practice your trade in a different state if you decide to move for any reason. The construction and manufacturing sectors are the biggest employers of welders are, followed by electric and gas utilities.
There are currently about 3300 welding jobs in South Dakota. There’s expected to be a good amount of growth in the numbers of jobs by 2024, with an expected total of 3660 positions (a 10% increase). Between growth and replacement, there will be about 140 job openings a year.
In South Dakota, there are a lot of jobs available for welders, and the need is expected to continue to grow. While the pay for a welder in South Dakota ranks in the middle of the scale nationally, this always has to be judged against the low cost of living in the state, as well. Taking that into account the income is actually very good.
Using the information you found here, you can hopefully take the next step in deciding whether to work as a welder!
Below are the cities in South Dakota that hire the most welders. $ amount in parentheses represents the average wage for the city. Remember to take cost of living into account when considering wages, as it is more expensive to live in some cities compared to others.
The following companies are some of the most popular companies to hire welders. They may not indicate the median or average.
|Boxelder Job Corp Center||Po Box 110|
Nemo, SD 57759
|(605) 348 3636 |
(605) 578 115
|Adult (All Other)|
|Mitchell Technical Institute||1800 East Spruce Street|
Mitchell, SD 57301
|(605) 995 7313||CTE|
|Southeast Technical Institute||2320 N. Career Ave|
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
|(800) 247 0789 |
(605) 367 4356
|2 Yr. College|
|Sunshine Bible Academy||400 Sunshine Drive|
Miller, SD 57362
|(605) 853 3071||High School|
|Western Dakota Tech Institute||800 Mickleson Dr|
Rapid City, SD 57701
|(605) 394 4034 |
(605) 394 1789
|2 Yr. College|
|Lake Area Technical Institute||Po Box 730|
Watertown, SD 57201
|(605) 882 5284||Adult (All Other)|
|Regional Tech Educational Center||1200 W 21st West|
Yankton, SD 57078
|(605) 668 5700||CTE|