Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in South Dakota

On this page you will find comprehensive information on automotive and diesel mechanic schools and education options in South Dakota. Additionally, we offer comprehensive data job prospects and pay rates in Mount Rushmore state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 2,040 persons employed as automotive service technicians in South Dakota. Moreover, there were 640 people in employment as automotive body and glass repair technicians, as well as a further 960 in employment as diesel engine mechanics for trucks and buses. It is expected that employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics in Mount Rushmore state will expand by 2.9% in the decade to 2024.

Mechanic Salaries in South Dakota

The average salary for auto service technicians and mechanics in South Dakota, in May 2016, was $37,440 (BLS), or about $18.00 per hour. Auto collision repairers made an average salary of $39,300 in the same year, while diesel engine mechanics made $42,010 or $20.20 per hour.

Salaries in South Dakota by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2,040$18.00$37,440$25,030$54,090
Automotive Body and Related Repairers640$18.89$39,300$28,450$50,310
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers**$20.94$43,560$34,360$56,620
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists960$20.20$42,010$31,500$56,330

Auto Mechanic Salaries in South Dakota by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Rapid City, SD350$17.71$36,830
Rapid City, SD460$17.68$36,760
Sioux Falls, SD670$19.01$39,550

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area Area

Lake Area Technical Institute

1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
(605) 882-5284
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Custom Paint and Fabrication – Certificate Program

Lake Area Technical Institute offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Watertown, SD. This public college has round 1,846 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $5,076 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,400, although this varies from program to program.

Sioux Falls, SD Area

Southeast Technical Institute

2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
(605) 367-7624
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Southeast Technical Institute offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. This public college has about 2,047 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition is in the order of $5,980 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,500, although this will vary with the program.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.

Neighbor States

Residents of South Dakota may also wish to review their options in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.

NATEF Accredited Secondary School Programs

Below is a list of NATEF accredited high school programs, offering training in automotive technology, autobody and collision repair and diesel mechanic programs in the state of South Dakota. Please note that accreditation status is correct at the time of writing and may have since changed. Please check with the school and with NATEF before making any commitment.

Mitchell

City: Mitchell

Mitchell Career and Technical Academy

821 N. Capital St., Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 995-3034

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: David Reuland
Tel: (605) 995-3034
Programs: General Service Technician