Among South Dakota households, married couples with children earned the highest wages, with median household incomes of $90,000 in 2016, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.* Nonfamily households earned the least in 2016, with median household incomes of $34,000. The median household income for all of South Dakota was $54,467 in 2016.
Disparities in earnings were present among single parents in South Dakota. In 2016, single men with children had median household incomes of $48,600, while single women with children had incomes of just $30,000. This disparity is present from 2012-2016, but narrowed in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, single fathers earned less than $15,000 more than single mothers, and in 2014, single fathers earned less than $7,000 more than single mothers.
A similar but less pronounced wage gap was apparent among men and women in the Rushmore State. In 2016, men earned median household incomes of $60,700 compared $48,300 earned by women. Like the trend seen in single fathers and mothers, this gap has also narrowed since 2013.
Median household incomes also varied by race. From 2012-2016, American Indian households earned $24,331 on average. Wages for American Indians mostly held constant over the previous reporting period of 2007-2011, in which the median household income was $24,331. Conversely, White households in South Dakota earned $54,745 on average from 2012-2016. Notably, while median income growth for American Indians remained stagnant from 2007-2016, other people of color (individuals identifying themselves as Black, Asian, or Hispanic) experienced a boost in income. From 2007-2011, people of color earned median household incomes of $35,475 from 2007-2011. From 2012-2016, the same households earned $39,200—an increase of 10.5%.
*All figures reported in 2016 inflation-adjusted dollars.