While Hospital Execs walk away with millions in South Dakota nurses are paid nearly dead last

This of course has been going on for a very long time;

South Dakota nurses are paid the second worst, on average, in the nation.
That’s according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average South Dakota nurse is paid nearly $61,000.
California nurses are the highest-paid.
They make, on average, nearly $121,000 a year.

Every time I hear someone bring up teacher pay, I often remind them that most middle-class professions in South Dakota pay about the same in South Dakota, dead last. Ironically, it seems exec/nurse salaries fall in line with admin/teacher pay in South Dakota. Pay those at the top as much as possible and throw crumbs to the rest of the minions.

Until we actually elect a ‘peoples’ legislature that will re-legislate employee/worker rights we will be a slave to these kind of wages. I also find it ironic that this story didn’t come out right after hospital execs walked away with millions for quitting.

Also notice that almost ALL of the bottom 25 in pay are RED STATES! I know, SHOCKER! Cheap ASS trickle down policies. It’s a good thing states like California can subsidize our nurses with Federal benefits like SNAP, subsidized housing and Medicade so the executives can walk away with millions in South Dakota.


#1 Very Stable Genius on 11.29.21 at 9:06 pm

I am told time again by Sanford employees of how their health insurance is awful. Yet, this same organization, which is a “non-profit”, has $49 million just lying around for a golden parachute. What gives here?

AND, this is the same organization that is funded by a billionaire who fought to keep his name out of the public eye when it came to warrants, too.

(At least the Supreme Court did the right thing with the latter mentioned here, but it’s still the same SC that recently ruled a part of the state constitution to be unconstitutional (WHAT?!).)

But when it is all said and done, this entire state is nothing but a service club for the rich and these Sanford antics are Exhibit A of this reality.

#2 D@ily Spin on 11.30.21 at 9:44 am

Ask a nurse or a teacher and their reward is giving and compassion. This doesn’t mean they should have to accept inferior compensation. They’re now realizing this. It shows with the shortage of either. Some stay home now after the COVID lockdown, a few changed professions, many are leaving for a better opportunity. If there’s inferior services, they’ll be followed by the unrelated work force. Are hospital executives, school administration, and politicians denigrating the ‘Great Places Great Faces’ of this state?

#3 Ogre Rants on 11.30.21 at 12:08 pm

I’m sure it came out because the hospital had to file a 990 tax form at guidestar.org, available to the public. That’s why all the rats were jumping ship last month.