Political Science Salaries in South Dakota

South Dakota’s state government employees, including the politicians noted below, have not had a pay increase for the past three years, per information provided by the Capital Journal.  This fact may also help to explain the extremely low pay rate of South Dakota’s state legislators. What they lack in dollars and cents they may make up for in benefits, however, as South Dakota’s state employees enjoy 10 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, the availability of one week of personal/family leave, and 14 days of sick leave each year.

Political Science Major Salary By Career in South Dakota

Political Science Major Careers SD
Employment
Annual mean wage
Lawyers
750
54760
Legislators
100
32490
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
320
29570
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
40
46630
Political Scientists/Consultant
80
49040
Urban and Regional Planners
200
39880

*Salary and employment data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015

South Dakota Politician Salaries

Office Salary
Governor $115,331/year
Lieutenant Governor $17,699/year
Secretary of State $78,363/year
Attorney General $97,928/year
Treasurer $78,363/year
State Legislator $12,000/two-year term + $110/day per diem

*Salary data compiled by the Sunshine Review, 2012

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