South Dakota state government salary

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
State Information

This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that South Dakota's public employees receive from state and local government.

South Dakota’s state employees would not be receiving any pay raises in FY 2012, marking the third year they had not seen a salary increase.[1]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, South Dakota state legislators received a salary of $12,000 per two-year term.[2] Legislators received a per diem of $110 per legislative day, a rate set by the legislature.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $115,331 Dennis Daugaard
Lieutenant Governor $17,699 Matthew Michels
Secretary of State $78,363 Jason Gant
Attorney General $97,928 Marty J. Jackley
Treasurer $78,363 Richard Sattgast

As of 2008, the salary of South Dakota's governor ranked 33rd among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[4]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
South Dakota judicial salaries[5]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $120,173 David Gilbertson
Associate Justice $118,173 Glen A. Severson
Associate Justice $118,173 John Konenkamp
Associate Justice $118,173 Steven Zinter
Associate Justice $118,173 Lori Wilbur

As of 2010, the salary of South Dakota's chief justice ranked 48th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of South Dakota and local governments in the state employed a total of 60,891 people.[6] Of those employees, 39,058 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $124,922,636 per month and 21,833 were part-time employees paid $12,085,018 per month.[6] More than 53% of those employees, or 32,336 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[7]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$34,016 $35,070

State employee benefits

After three years of a salary freeze and no raises, South Dakota’s state employees were slated to receive a 3 percent pay raise in FY 2013, which began on July 1, 2012.[8][9]


State employees receive the following 10 paid holidays:[10]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Native Americans Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Vacation leave

State employees receive 3 weeks of vacation leave per year.[11]

Sick leave

Employees earn 14 days of sick leave per year.[11]

Personal/family leave

One week of personal/family leave per year is available to each full-time state employee.[11]


State employees are eligible for insurance if they work 20 hours or more per week in a permanent position.[12]


State employees may select from three different health plans, with deductibles of either $300, $1,000 or $2,000.[13] The plans include prescription drug coverage.[14] All are offered to employees at no expense to them for individual coverage; employees pay only for coverage for their spouse and/or children.[15]


Employees may choose between basic and enhanced dental insurance plans.[16] The basic plan costs employees $19.60 per month for individual coverage, and the enhanced program costs $31.50 per month for individual coverage.[16]


South Dakota provides employees with basic life insurance coverage at no cost.[17] Employees may add supplemental insurance for themselves and their dependents.[17]


Employees may add short-term disability insurance.[18] Other options include major injury protection and hospital indemnity plan.[19]


See also: South Dakota public pensions

Employees working at least 20 hours per week and six months per year participate in the South Dakota Retirement System. The total contribution will equal 12 percent of the employee's salary, with 6 percent contributed by the employee and the other 6 percent contributed by the state.[20]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses.[21][22]
  • Longevity pay
  • Reduced Tuition at state universities[23]

See also

External links