A while ago we looked at where people in Sioux Falls work (Where do People In Sioux Falls Work?). The biggest employers in the city are a mixture of healthcare, financial services, retail, and the public sector.

According to the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2016, the list of top employers in South Dakota mirrors the stats for Sioux Falls. With government, healthcare and retail dominating the job sectors in the Rushmore State.

The numbers show that 417,038 people in South Dakota were employed in 2016, and 84,763 of those people worked for one of these organizations. That's 20.3% of the 605's workforce.

Here's the top 10 employers in South Dakota:

  • 1

    Avera Medical (System-Wide)

    Avera has 17,042 employees statewide. That's 4.1% of

    total South Dakota employment.
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  • 2

    Federal Government

    The United States Federal Government has 11,108 employees statewide. That's 2.7% of total South Dakota employment.

  • 3

    Sanford Medical (System-Wide)

    Statewide, Sanford has 11,108 employees. That's 2.6% of total South Dakota employment.

  • 4

    South Dakota State Government

    The State of South Dakota has 9,837 employees. That's 2.4% of total South Dakota employment.

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  • 5

    Sioux Falls MSA Local Government

    The city of Sioux Falls employees 9,151, 2.2% of total South Dakota employment.

    2.2% The Sioux Falls MSA includes Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, and Turner counties.

  • 6

    Rapid City MSA Local Government

    The City of Rapid City has 6,157 employees, 1.5% of total South Dakota employment.

    The Rapid City MSA includes Pennington and Meade counties.

  • 7


    The mega-retailer Walmart has 5,664 employees in South Dakota. 1.4% of total South Dakota employment.
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  • 8

    Rapid City Regional Hospital Inc (System Wide)

    This major healthcare organization in western South Dakota has 5,150 employees. 1.2% of total South Dakota employment.

  • 9

    Hy-Vee Food Store

    Hy-Vee dominates the grocery store game in South Dakota with 5,039 employees statewide. That's 1.2% of total South Dakota employment.

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  • 10

    SD Board of Regents

    The SD Board of Regents has 4,952 South Dakota employees, 1.2% of total South Dakota employment.
    The South Dakota Board of Regents is in charge of the six public universities in South Dakota: Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota