Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Rapid City

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August 29, 2022
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Rapid City

Whether you picture hard-working teachers buying school supplies for their students or genius professors shaping future leaders, it's fair to say education encompasses a wide variety of jobs. So much so that there's room to specialize and pursue your passion.

Historically, teachers' pay is a rather contentious topic. The average teacher salary is about $2,000 less than a decade ago after adjusting for inflation. Despite this, many of these jobs are rewarding in more ways than one. In other words, education can be very lucrative—particularly within specialty fields.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest and lowest paying education jobs in Rapid City, SD using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage. Keep reading to discover the highest and lowest paying education jobs in your city.

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#17. Substitute teachers, short-term

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $28,610
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
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#16. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $29,520
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#15. Library technicians

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $29,700
- #302 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)
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#14. Preschool teachers, except special education

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $32,330
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 391,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#13. Tutors

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $33,960
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)

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#12. Self-enrichment teachers

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $38,690
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,230
- Employment: 216,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)
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#11. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $46,870
- #486 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,080
- Employment: 1,329,280
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,860)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($91,430)
--- Salinas, CA ($91,280)
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#10. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $47,200
- #456 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,880
- Employment: 592,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($109,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($107,280)
--- Yuba City, CA ($94,480)
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#9. Librarians and media collections specialists

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $47,950
- #406 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,180
- Employment: 127,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($94,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,990)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($89,220)
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#8. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $48,450
- #343 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,490
- Employment: 120,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($95,420)
--- Kingston, NY ($92,160)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,490)

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#7. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $48,720
- #393 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,090
- Employment: 187,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($102,210)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,730)
--- Chico, CA ($88,430)
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#6. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $48,820
- #472 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,530
- Employment: 1,020,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,010)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($101,980)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($97,490)
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#5. Special education teachers, middle school

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $50,630
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,860
- Employment: 79,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($117,940)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($94,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($94,140)
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#4. Special education teachers, secondary school

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $52,260
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,100
- Employment: 145,690
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($110,320)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($106,590)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($103,540)
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#3. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $58,230
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,130
- Employment: 105,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($116,850)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($97,110)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,200)

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#2. Instructional coordinators

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $60,070
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,560
- Employment: 184,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salem, OR ($93,890)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($93,760)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,430)
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#1. Business teachers, postsecondary

Rapid City, SD
- Annual mean salary: $67,240
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,720
- Employment: 79,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($175,640)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($175,080)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($154,600)

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