Criminology careers can be hard to classify into earnings numbers due to quite different job applications and responsibilities that come from different employers and different roles that the person fills in an organization or company.

To make things more difficult, criminology experts work in both the private and public sector, meaning that wage scales can be vastly varied.

In the state of South Dakota, the lower number of criminologist employees complicates things further by creating a higher standard deviation from what would be considered a normal salary. Therefore, the following information about South Dakota criminologist salary statistics should be taken with a grain of salt.

All data comes from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is the national agency responsible for tracking and reporting wage information by occupation in the country.

The criminal investigator position is the closest equivalent to a true criminologist and the average salary for these employees is listed at $64,140 per year. However, there are only a total of 220 of these types of employees, making the sample size very small and not so reliable for obtaining accurate statistics.

The presence of high paid criminologists in the corporate sector that evaluate fraud and investigate claims may falsely raise this number. At the same time, the category also lists public sector detectives among the 220 people, so this may help to equalize the annual salary that is reported. Another similar category that is listed on the BLS website for the state of South Dakota are those employees that work as private detectives an investigators.

The number of total employees is close to being the same as the criminal investigators with a count of 160. However, the average salary of these workers is much lower, coming in at $37,190 per year, creating a wide disparity in the amount of money that is earned.

Another potential area where a criminologist may be employed is the gaming sector. With a rather large number of casinos based on the state’s small population, the number of gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators is actually quite high at 120. It is a reasonable that some trained criminologists would be employed by these casinos to protect the large amounts of money that are on risk from fraud and corrupt practices.

The average salary for these employees as listed by the BLS website is $24,800, a lower number that could represent the inclusion of lower level employees that are not trained criminologists. The gaming industry has only recently started to bring trained criminologists into their operations to assist in reducing the amount of fraudulent activity that occurs.

For employees not working directly in investigative or criminal fields, it is thought that the majority of criminology experts in the state of South Dakota will be working in the education sector. The closest approximation to a professor of criminology would be one that works under the sociology label.

Many  college programs, including the University of South Dakota, list the criminology or criminal justice major as falling under the umbrella of sociology. According to the BLS study, sociology professors earned an average of $56,000 per year with a total of 70 people being employed in this position.

Again, there could be a large disparity between the professors at a public university versus a private university as the wages could be drastically different.

As criminology in South Dakota and the rest of the nation has only recently started garnering a great deal of attention, the clear definition of criminologist roles in the workplace have not yet been expressly stated. For that reason, it is difficult to give a true number that reflects the average or starting amount of pay that an employee should expect to receive.

However, there are some general rules that often prove to be accurate in terms of their application to the criminology field. The corporate sector criminologists, such as those working for insurance companies, financial auditing companies, or private universities, can have a higher rate of wages delivered on a yearly basis.

Because of the potential for higher profits generated by these types of organizations, they may be able to compensate their employees at a higher level. The wage range in South Dakota for criminologists is extremely varied and the difficulty in measuring the data can present misleading figures.