Every travel physical therapy job begins differently but one step all travelers must go through is getting licensed. The South Dakota physical therapy licensure process is pretty standard. Below you’ll find all the necessary information for you to get your SD physical therapists license. There is no official set time frame for licensure.


SD State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
101 N. Main Avenue, Suite 301
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


Email: sdbmoe@state.sd.us
Phone: (605) 367-7781
Fax: (605) 367-7786

How long to receive your PT license
No Set Timeline 
No Set Timeline 
0 Weeks
10 Weeks
Varies | Online application

Physical Therapists working in South Dakota will find that salaries are on par with the national average. That being said, the average cost of living is much lower than the national average in SD. Even in the state’s two largest cities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, cost of living is 6%-8% below average. South Dakota is most well-known for outdoor activities and landmarks such as Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, Badlands National Park and Custer State Park, as well as the Crazy Horse Memorial. The lesser known urban lifestyle of cities like Sioux Falls also features art galleries, fine dining, food & drink festivals, breweries, museums and historic sites. With all the sightseeing nightlife activities outdoor adventures may still be the most popular activity in SD. From riding horses to ATV’s, skydiving to hot air balloons, South Dakota has it all.

Average Base Salary for Physical Therapists in South Dakota


Average Annual Base Salary


Average Hourly Rate


Number of Physical Therapists in South Dakota

Salary Range for Physical Therapists in South Dakota


Entry Level Salary


Senior Level Salary

Scale starts at $50,000
Starting Salary $54,200
Median Salary $74,130
High Salary $98,100
Scale ends at $100,000

Data from 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is the cost of living for Physical Therapists in South Dakota?

Cost of living in different cities.

  1. Sioux Falls, SD -6.8% ⇩ 
    Sioux Falls, SD -6.8% ⇩ 
  2. Rapid City, SD -7.6% ⇩ 
    Rapid City, SD -7.6% ⇩ 

What are these numbers? The Regional Price Parity the cost of goods and services in a region in comparison to the national average, which is set at 100. For example New York's RPP is 122.2, meaning that goods there cost 22.2% more than the national average.

Data from 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics