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]
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.
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
|Occupation||Total Employed||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary||Lowest 10%||Highest 10%|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||2,040||$18.00||$37,440||$25,030||$54,090|
|Automotive Body and Related Repairers||640||$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 Specialists||960||$20.20||$42,010||$31,500||$56,330|
Auto Mechanic Salaries in South Dakota by Region
|Region||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Rapid City, SD||350||$17.71||$36,830|
|Rapid City, SD||460||$17.68||$36,760|
|Sioux Falls, SD||670||$19.01||$39,550|
1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
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.
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.
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.