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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 65320 $39760 $19.12 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 10360 $30310 $14.57 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 8210 $35070 $16.86 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7430 $21680 $10.42 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5090 $69910 $33.61 5.75
6 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4330 $38420 $18.47 4.4
7 Retail Salespersons 3520 $28200 $13.56 3.1
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3510 $33110 $15.92 6.45
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3340 $47580 $22.87 6.15
10 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3120 $24710 $11.88 3.7
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2900 $44590 $21.44 3.8
12 Production Occupations 2560 $30590 $14.71 5.85
13 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2550 $62310 $29.96 5.05
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2140 $24970 $12 4.1
15 Cashiers 1990 $21330 $10.26 2.25
16 Registered Nurses 1980 $58510 $28.13 1.9
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1920 $20070 $9.65 2.15
18 Management Occupations 1750 $98300 $47.26 6.05
19 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1610 $33740 $16.22 1.1
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 1600 $28630 $13.76 3.05
21 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1490 $25120 $12.08 1.6
22 Waiters and Waitresses 1360 $20210 $9.72 1.6
23 Protective Service Occupations 1290 $41050 $19.74 2.25
24 Customer Service Representatives 1240 $28050 $13.49 1.75
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 1220 $39440 $18.96 1.65
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1020 $25020 $12.03 1.2
27 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1000 $28200 $13.56 1.6
28 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 950 $21260 $10.22 1
29 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 950 $34270 $16.48 1.7
30 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 940 $62450 $30.03 2.8
31 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 940 $41780 $20.09 1.2
32 Carpenters 880 $35730 $17.18 0.6
33 Receptionists and Information Clerks 870 $25490 $12.26 0.7
34 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 830 $63100 $30.34 1.65
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 810 $58870 $28.3 1
36 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 760 $63770 $30.66 0.9
37 Nursing Assistants 750 $26510 $12.75 1.05
38 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 710 $24860 $11.95 1.6
39 Accountants and Auditors 660 $64860 $31.18 0.9
40 Office Clerks, General 600 $26200 $12.6 2
41 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 580 $22230 $10.69 0.2
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 570 $48690 $23.41 1
43 General and Operations Managers 540 $116710 $56.11 1.4
44 Bartenders 540 $21430 $10.3 0.4
45 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 520 $41300 $19.85 0.2
46 Bill and Account Collectors 510 $30210 $14.52 0.2
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 490 $24870 $11.96 0.8
48 Cooks, Fast Food 490 $20130 $9.68 0.3
49 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 480 $20660 $9.93 0.3
50 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 470 $35770 $17.2 0.9
51 Construction Laborers 430 $29140 $14.01 0.8
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 430 $32000 $15.38 0.6
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 420 $31830 $15.3 0.6
54 Team Assemblers 420 $25990 $12.49 0.75
55 Food Preparation Workers 420 $21370 $10.27 0.6
56 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 390 $34080 $16.39 0.1
57 Electricians 380 $47970 $23.06 0.4
58 Cooks, Restaurant 380 $24320 $11.69 0.75
59 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 370 $39810 $19.14 0.5
60 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 350 $36830 $17.71 0.5
61 Childcare Workers 340 $20580 $9.9 0.8
62 Legal Occupations 340 $75790 $36.44 0.8
63 Dishwashers 330 $20310 $9.77 0.3
64 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 330 $21710 $10.44 0.3
65 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 320 $47250 $22.71 0.45
66 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 320 $21460 $10.32 0.2
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 310 $38160 $18.34 0.5
68 Management Analysts 300 $75280 $36.19 0.5
69 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 300 $21510 $10.34 0.1
70 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 290 $41130 $19.78 0.2
71 Insurance Sales Agents 290 $67540 $32.47 0.3
72 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 280 $45790 $22.01 1
73 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 280 $25220 $12.12 0.3
74 Tellers 280 $25930 $12.47 0.3
75 Personal Care Aides 270 $23550 $11.32 1.3
76 Cooks, Short Order 270 $22280 $10.71 0.1
77 Civil Engineers 260 $69690 $33.51 0.2
78 Residential Advisors 250 $25580 $12.3 0.1
79 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 240 $41540 $19.97 0.2
80 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 240 $64840 $31.17 0.4
81 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 240 $32660 $15.7 0.1
82 Dental Assistants 220 $33740 $16.22 0.2
83 Security Guards 220 $26040 $12.52 0.7
84 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 220 $31280 $15.04 0.4
85 Parts Salespersons 220 $32240 $15.5 0.2
86 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 220 $61880 $29.75 0.3
87 Lawyers 220 $92320 $44.39 0.5
88 Driver/Sales Workers 210 $33160 $15.94 0.3
89 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 210 $21530 $10.35 0.2
90 Medical Assistants 210 $28080 $13.5 0.45
91 Food Service Managers 200 $53400 $25.67 0.2
92 Pharmacy Technicians 200 $34150 $16.42 0.25
93 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 200 $27800 $13.36 0.3
94 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 200 $45880 $22.06 0.3
95 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 190 $34230 $16.46 0.3
96 Counter and Rental Clerks 190 $25660 $12.34 0.3
97 Social and Human Service Assistants 190 $23790 $11.44 0.3
98 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 190 $39120 $18.81 0.1
99 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 190 $34560 $16.62 0.2
100 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 190 $65520 $31.5 0.7
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Jobs More Common Near Rapid City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,760 65,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,310 10,360
Sales and Related Occupations 35,070 8,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,680 7,430
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,910 5,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,420 4,330
Retail Salespersons 28,200 3,520
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,110 3,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,580 3,340
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,710 3,120
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,590 2,900
Production Occupations 30,590 2,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,310 2,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,970 2,140
Cashiers 21,330 1,990
Registered Nurses 58,510 1,980
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,070 1,920
Management Occupations 98,300 1,750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,740 1,610
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,630 1,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,120 1,490
Waiters and Waitresses 20,210 1,360
Protective Service Occupations 41,050 1,290
Customer Service Representatives 28,050 1,240
Community and Social Service Occupations 39,440 1,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,020 1,020
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,200 1,000
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,260 950
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 34,270 950
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62,450 940
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,780 940
Carpenters 35,730 880
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,490 870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,100 830
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,870 810
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,770 760
Nursing Assistants 26,510 750
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,860 710
Accountants and Auditors 64,860 660
Office Clerks, General 26,200 600
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 22,230 580
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,690 570
General and Operations Managers 116,710 540
Bartenders 21,430 540
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 41,300 520
Bill and Account Collectors 30,210 510
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,870 490
Cooks, Fast Food 20,130 490
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 20,660 480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,770 470

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,760 65,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,310 10,360
Sales and Related Occupations 35,070 8,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,910 5,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,420 4,330
Retail Salespersons 28,200 3,520
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,110 3,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,580 3,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,590 2,900
Production Occupations 30,590 2,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,310 2,550
Registered Nurses 58,510 1,980
Management Occupations 98,300 1,750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,740 1,610
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,630 1,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,120 1,490
Protective Service Occupations 41,050 1,290
Customer Service Representatives 28,050 1,240
Community and Social Service Occupations 39,440 1,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,020 1,020
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,200 1,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 34,270 950
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62,450 940
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,780 940
Carpenters 35,730 880
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,490 870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,100 830
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,870 810
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,770 760
Nursing Assistants 26,510 750
Accountants and Auditors 64,860 660
Office Clerks, General 26,200 600
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,690 570
General and Operations Managers 116,710 540
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 41,300 520
Bill and Account Collectors 30,210 510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,770 470
Construction Laborers 29,140 430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,000 430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,830 420
Team Assemblers 25,990 420
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 34,080 390
Electricians 47,970 380
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 39,810 370
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,830 350
Legal Occupations 75,790 340
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 47,250 320
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,160 310
Management Analysts 75,280 300
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 41,130 290

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