So just how much is Legacy Electronics going to pay workers?

UPDATE: Sources tell me that this all originated during this Listening and Learning session, if you watch closely a portion is edited out. There was a part where Huether talked about Legacy bringing $55,000 to $65,000 a year jobs. There was backlash from the governor’s office and Legacy. Something else was that Huether mentioned that Legacy was expanding in South Dakota, actually they are relocating.

There has been some ‘buzz‘ and some ‘doubts‘ about Legacy Electronics moving some of their administrative, sales and manufacturing jobs to Sioux Falls. I have heard positive and negatives from numerous people, but what I haven’t heard is the details on these ‘High paying jobs.’

California company Legacy Electronics is expanding to Sioux Falls and bringing some high-paying jobs with it, Mayor Mike Huether announced today.

“In the past, we’ve sold South Dakota as hard-working people who will work for nothing, and no taxes,” Huether said. “No more. Yes, we are hard-working people. We also deserve a living wage.”

Okay, sounds great. Even though Legacy brags about the no tax benefit;

Cost Savings

In addition to the state’s beneficial tax structure . . .

But what is that living wage Huether has promised? Well let’s look at there opportunities and career pages. Maybe there is something wrong with my computer, because I didn’t see any pay scales on those pages? Did you?

It’s time Legacy gave us a ballpark figure on what they are paying. I can’t hardly imagine what Huether thinks is a ‘living wage‘ being a former executive with First Premier. One person even told me that Mike might have gotten a head of himself on the ‘high paying  jobs‘ quote.

While I welcome the new job opportunities I am skeptical of any company moving here because they want to pay South Dakota workers a high wage.


#1 rufusx on 02.28.11 at 9:01 am

I know quite a few folks in their business and in their area (Orange County). Let me see if I can scoop a few tidbits under the guise of being maybe interested in a job??

Will get back to you.

#2 l3wis on 02.28.11 at 9:09 am

Thank you. I guess a lot of people are talking.

#3 Beer Jew on 02.28.11 at 9:38 am

I found a surefire way to get a high paying job–leave South Dakota.

#4 Mikhail on 02.28.11 at 12:04 pm

I think the wages are at a level where someone will choose to work there. Am I getting this wrong? If the wages are low why would you take the job?

Employment is not a zero sum game. There are two benefactors in any employment contract. Either side is forced to hire or work if they so choose.

#5 Costner on 02.28.11 at 12:59 pm

They will likely be in line with Sencore and Raven since they are in related industries.

You mock the tax benefits, but companies aren’t about to relocate here for our nice weather or scenery, so if tax benefits is what it takes then so be it. Call me crazy, but any job is better than no job because it adds competition, and if that forces Sencore and Raven and Lodgenet or any number of other employers to raise their salaries then it is a good thing.

Are low paying and mid paying jobs worse than no jobs at all? In my view it all boils down to supply and demand. That company isn’t going to pay above market rates because the workers here aren’t going to demand it. When you have a line outside your door to work at a job for $13 an hour I doubt you will pay $20. Then again maybe they want higher quality rather than quantity and they will pay to get it.

All we can do is wait and see, but I would guess you will have a mixture of entry level wages for line level employees mixed with mid level to upper level (for the area) wages for management, supervisors etc.

Now if you have a way to attract only high paying jobs to Sioux Falls by all means pitch your idea to the mayor – I’m sure he would love to hear it.

#6 Costner on 02.28.11 at 1:12 pm

BJ: I found a surefire way to get a high paying job–leave South Dakota.

Unfortunately for those who would like to think it is that easy… it isn’t. Location is a piece of it, but education, experience, and demand also come into play among other factors.

#7 l3wis on 02.28.11 at 8:37 pm

“You mock the tax benefits”

Where? I was just saying that Huether said one thing about the topic and Legacy said another. Like I said, I welcome them, I’m just curious what they are paying?

Mikhail – I get what you are saying, and like I said, we need jobs here, that isn’t my point. My point is that Huether got on his soap box and said that these jobs will pay better then most in SF, and Legacy posted the press release on their website. So my question is simple. If this is true, what is that pay? You and Costner seem to be defending them paying low wages, as long as they bring jobs, yet they haven’t told anyone what they will pay. Talk about a knee jerk reaction.

#8 Sy on 02.28.11 at 8:40 pm

Let’s not stare the gift horse in the mouth to long as I’m sure he’s getting creeped out.

Fun Fact: The Mayor’s handling of these guys almost made them pick Canton to locate in over Sioux Falls, much to the chagrin of their realtor. They ended up in downtown SF, though. I guess they hadn’t heard how horrible traffic is and how all the places are too expensive to eat at or how hard it is to find a place to park.

#9 l3wis on 02.28.11 at 8:49 pm


#10 Pathloss on 03.01.11 at 9:43 am

Their real problem will be the city administration maze. Every department will show up wanting a redundant fee or permit. Approvals if/when they happen will take years. Lease, don’t build. Actually, reconsider Brandon. I hear there’s democracy there.

#11 Scott on 03.01.11 at 10:19 am

Until they get rid of Roger Hunt, I don’t consider Brandon to be part of this state.

#12 l3wis on 03.01.11 at 1:01 pm

As I call it, ‘Weirdsville’

#13 Pathloss on 03.01.11 at 3:42 pm

I meant Canton. Actually, Rapid City if they had better air service.
65K is poverty in California. Legacy is using their present pay scales. They’ll not pay that here but I doubt they’ll move if CA offers incentives to stay or NV has any kind of offer. Huether is easy to sweet talk and ‘High Paying Jobs’ is a singles bar one-liner that works.

#14 l3wis on 03.01.11 at 3:47 pm

I think it is already a done deal.

#15 Sy on 03.01.11 at 4:03 pm

BTW, all the execs, including the CEO and owners are moving to Sioux Falls from Cali.

#16 l3wis on 03.01.11 at 4:06 pm

Better get that indoor pool built!

#17 Sy on 03.01.11 at 4:39 pm

All we need to do is NOT spend $10 million on fixing the drainage issues at the Arena site. Then, every spring thaw or every summer downpour open the doors to the new EC and walaaa: Indoor pool we can all fit in.

BTW, this Mayor is lucky Legacy is still moving here. It was Munson’s admin and Forward Sioux Falls that did the initial courting of them. Between their site clusterfuck and the Mayor’s statements on wages I wouldn’t blame them for having second thoughts, I wouldn’t, really. This Yanktonian is showing us every day how out of his effin’ league he is. He really is.

#18 rufusx on 03.02.11 at 4:29 pm

Interetsing. My several contacts in OC (all have worked in the high tech industry there for decades) have never heard of Legacy Electronics, Inc.

#19 l3wis on 03.02.11 at 9:08 pm

I heard they make bullshit detectors.

#20 sd sucks on 09.19.11 at 10:39 pm

so….looks like all you wannabe’s lost any hope in getting a job at this joint now that they’re in CANTON!!!!!!!!! (we all know you lazy POS’s can’t drive 20 miles)

#21 dyke on 09.26.11 at 4:00 pm

dude i work at legacy i make damn good money along with amazing benefits they dont make detectors they make memory boards computer chip ect so shut up dont talk shit less you know facts

#22 l3wis on 09.26.11 at 8:38 pm

Dyke – Does any company make Bullshit Detectors? LOL!

#23 Rick on 04.28.15 at 11:35 am

i worked @ legacy here in canton sd. they get the cheapest parts for their memory and they don’t pay employees enough money. I’ve been their for 4 yrs an only seen one raise and its was only 50 cents. they also brought people from CA and thees people like to bully co-workers. a lot of drama at this company very toxic work environment. STAY AWAY FROM THIS. it will only make you sick