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Rapid City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Rapid City, South Dakota Area

The major assets for Rapid City's economy are government, tourism, agriculture, healthcare, professional services, and the Ellsworth Air Force Base. State, local and the federal government are major parts of the economy. Tourism is a significant factor for the city due to being close to five popular national park areas. Black Hills Gold, popular with tourists is manufactured in Rapid City. Ellsworth Air Force Base is the state's largest employer.

Rapid City is the region's trading hub for farm/ranch items. Cattle and sheep are major factors in the agricultural sector. Farming related service industries also add to the economy. In addition, mining of sand and gravel and the material for lime and cement are important for the economy.

Computer parts, printing, Native American crafts, farm and ranch equipment manufacturers and cement production, are components of the economy. Rapid City is also the headquarters for insurance companies and includes financial services and investment companies such as Citi Bank, Waddell and Reed, WaMU and Northwestern Mutual.

The Rapid City Regional Hospital Healthcare System is a major employer. Employment is also provided by several large construction firms, steel fabrication companies, trucking companies and rock quarries. Employment is provided by firms that produce wood products and steel products.

Approval has been given for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory which will be utilized for the areas of scientific research, technology and medicine.

The leading employers in the Rapid City region are shown below:

  • Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital
  • Rapid City School District
  • Federal Government
  • City of Rapid City
  • State of South Dakota
  • Walmart/Sams Club
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Scull Construction Service, Inc
  • Titan Machinery

Rapid City's major nonagricultural employment providing segments:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Financial activities

Facts about Rapid City, South Dakota: Estimated median household income in 2007: $42,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 84.5 (national average: 100). Adult population that earned a bachelor's degree: 27%.

In Rapid City, companies are provided assistance from associations such as:

Those interested in staying up-to-date with Rapid City business and industry activities may want to read the Rapid City Journal.

Jobs in Rapid City

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations65680$39,930$19.2100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations10130$30,680$14.7514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations8280$33,440$16.089.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7320$22,640$10.898.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5180$72,310$34.775.8
6Construction and Extraction Occupations4350$39,520$194.45
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3680$34,930$16.86.55
8Retail Salespersons3570$27,000$12.982.85
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations3320$41,750$20.076.05
10Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3190$24,870$11.963.65
11Production Occupations2880$32,320$15.545.7
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2790$45,210$21.733.8
13Business and Financial Operations Occupations2570$62,550$30.075.25
14Personal Care and Service Occupations2370$24,960$124.3
15Registered Nurses2090$59,590$28.651.95
16Cashiers2020$21,640$10.412.2
17Management Occupations1860$94,910$45.636.15
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1690$21,300$10.242.3
19Healthcare Support Occupations1670$29,080$13.983
20Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1660$34,040$16.361.05
21Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1490$24,410$11.741.55
22Waiters and Waitresses1370$20,910$10.051.7
23Protective Service Occupations1220$43,200$20.772.2
24Customer Service Representatives1100$28,000$13.461.75
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1040$28,880$13.891.5
26Community and Social Service Occupations980$40,650$19.541.65
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers960$25,370$12.21.3
28Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers940$45,050$21.661.2
29Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners940$21,850$10.50.9
30Computer and Mathematical Occupations900$64,730$31.122.9
31Receptionists and Information Clerks900$25,850$12.430.7
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations860$64,890$31.21.7
33Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations820$36,840$17.711.8
34Carpenters820$36,240$17.420.7
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations790$57,320$27.560.8
36Nursing Assistants760$26,470$12.731
37Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand730$25,820$12.411.7
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products690$59,130$28.430.9
39First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers630$46,960$22.581
40Accountants and Auditors610$65,910$31.690.9
41Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks560$21,840$10.50.2
42Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers540$25,500$12.260.8
43Office Clerks, General530$27,380$13.171.9
44Bill and Account Collectors510$29,860$14.350.2
45General and Operations Managers510$118,200$56.831.5
46Bartenders470$21,640$10.410.4
47Maintenance and Repair Workers, General470$37,500$18.030.9
48Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers460$20,850$10.020.3
49First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers450$32,660$15.70.6
50Food Preparation Workers450$21,400$10.290.6
51Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers440$36,120$17.360.1
52Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop430$22,540$10.840.3
53Legal Occupations430$64,580$31.050.8
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers420$33,430$16.070.6
55Residential Advisors420$24,730$11.890.1
56Cooks, Fast Food410$21,200$10.190.3
57Electricians410$47,700$22.930.4
58Cooks, Restaurant400$25,680$12.350.8
59Construction Laborers390$31,160$14.980.8
60Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators390$43,440$20.890.2
61Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants380$39,540$19.010.35
62Cooks, Short Order370$24,180$11.620.1
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics350$38,300$18.410.5
64Childcare Workers350$21,670$10.420.8
65Driver/Sales Workers350$31,320$15.060.3
66Dishwashers340$21,250$10.220.3
67Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers340$22,760$10.940.1
68Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers330$29,210$14.040
69Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses330$38,650$18.580.5
70Child, Family, and School Social Workers310$40,490$19.470.2
71Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers310$49,190$23.650.4
72Amusement and Recreation Attendants300$20,920$10.060.2
73Personal Care Aides300$23,600$11.351.5
74Insurance Sales Agents290$51,810$24.910.3
75Management Analysts290$70,430$33.860.5
76Tellers290$25,800$12.410.3
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria270$26,140$12.570.3
78First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers270$45,460$21.860.95
79Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers270$38,130$18.330.3
80Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing270$29,840$14.350
81Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment260$21,920$10.540.2
82First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers260$62,890$30.230.4
83Parts Salespersons260$31,460$15.130.2
84Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters260$43,680$210.3
85Civil Engineers250$72,600$34.90.2
86Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers250$39,330$18.910.2
87Loan Interviewers and Clerks250$33,150$15.940.15
88Dental Assistants240$34,270$16.480.2
89Security Guards220$30,680$14.750.7
90Counter and Rental Clerks210$25,310$12.170.3
91Food Service Managers210$50,870$24.460.2
92Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists210$30,310$14.570.4
93Medical Assistants210$29,250$14.060.45
94Medical Records and Health Information Technicians200$40,250$19.350.1
95Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics190$36,140$17.370.2
96Network and Computer Systems Administrators190$61,770$29.70.25
97Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education190$27,240$13.10.3
98Bus Drivers, School or Special Client180$28,400$13.650.3
99Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers180$69,790$33.550.1
100Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers180$35,180$16.910.2
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Jobs More Common Near Rapid City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,93065,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$30,68010,130
Sales and Related Occupations$33,4408,280
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,6407,320
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,3105,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,5204,350
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,9303,680
Retail Salespersons$27,0003,570
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,7503,320
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,8703,190
Production Occupations$32,3202,880
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,2102,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,5502,570
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,9602,370
Registered Nurses$59,5902,090
Cashiers$21,6402,020
Management Occupations$94,9101,860
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,3001,690
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,0801,670
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,0401,660
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,4101,490
Waiters and Waitresses$20,9101,370
Protective Service Occupations$43,2001,220
Customer Service Representatives$28,0001,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$28,8801,040
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,650980
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,370960
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,050940
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,850940
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,730900
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,850900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$64,890860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$36,840820
Carpenters$36,240820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,320790
Nursing Assistants$26,470760
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,820730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,130690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,960630
Accountants and Auditors$65,910610
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$21,840560
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,500540
Office Clerks, General$27,380530
Bill and Account Collectors$29,860510
General and Operations Managers$118,200510
Bartenders$21,640470
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,500470
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$20,850460
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,660450
Food Preparation Workers$21,400450

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Rapid City, South Dakota Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,93065,680
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$30,68010,130
Sales and Related Occupations$33,4408,280
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,3105,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,5204,350
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,9303,680
Retail Salespersons$27,0003,570
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,7503,320
Production Occupations$32,3202,880
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,2102,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,5502,570
Registered Nurses$59,5902,090
Management Occupations$94,9101,860
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,0801,670
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,0401,660
Protective Service Occupations$43,2001,220
Customer Service Representatives$28,0001,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$28,8801,040
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,650980
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,370960
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,050940
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,730900
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,850900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$64,890860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$36,840820
Carpenters$36,240820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,320790
Nursing Assistants$26,470760
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,820730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,130690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,960630
Accountants and Auditors$65,910610
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,500540
Office Clerks, General$27,380530
Bill and Account Collectors$29,860510
General and Operations Managers$118,200510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,500470
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,660450
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers$36,120440
Legal Occupations$64,580430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,430420
Electricians$47,700410
Cooks, Restaurant$25,680400
Construction Laborers$31,160390
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$43,440390
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$39,540380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,300350
Driver/Sales Workers$31,320350
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,210330
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$38,650330

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