Harding County led South Dakota for wage growth in past decade.
Harding County led South Dakota for wage growth in past decade.
Wall Street Journal
Dec 29, 2014

Harding County Leads SD For Wage Growth

Harding County, an oil-producing locale, led South Dakota for wage growth between 2004 and 2013, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of wage growth and decline across the country.

In Harding County, in South Dakota's northwest corner and along the North Dakota border, wages grew by 44.5 percent, from an annual average of $27,109 in 2004 to $39,170 in 2013. (The 2004 figures have been adjusted for inflation.) An interactive map provides county level data for the entire country.

Nationally, the seven counties with the most wage growth all are in North Dakota's oil patch, and several of them  experienced more than 100 percent wage growth during the decade. In addition, the analysis notes that the middle part of the country has generally experienced the most wage growth, much of it due to energy production.

In South Dakota, Minnehaha County records the highest average annual pay at $41,949, although that county experienced just 4.4 percent growth in average annual pay during the decade. Other counties that made bigger leaps are listed below. 

County % Growth 2004 Average 2013 Average
Campbell County 31.6% $22,310 $29,362
Hyde County 24.5% $28,558 $35,541
Edmunds County 23.8% $27,474 $34,014
Sully County 23.6% $25,380 $31,374


A cluster of counties in south centeral South Dakota experienced wage decline.

County % Growth 2004 Average 2013 Average
Mellette County -7.4% $23,965 $22,188
Buffalo County -6.3% $36,941 $34,628
Bennett County -3.8% $28,268 $27,187
Lyman County -0.9% $25,845 $25,620
Jones County -0.7% $25,350 $25,168


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