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Average Salary for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Alumni

Founded in North Adams, Mass., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is an institution of higher learning for around 2,000 students. Known for its liberal arts and sciences education, undergraduates often take classes in this field. The figures in this rundown were provided by MCLA alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Details


375 Church St
North Adams, MA 01247-4100


Also Known As:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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State Schools, Liberal Arts

Graduation Rate:

47 %


9 %

% Stay In State:

64 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

42 %
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Former MCLA students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the education industry, public K-12 education, and the health care services industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the banking industry. For MCLA alumni, high SAT scores do not correlate to high-paying positions in the workforce. MCLA graduates see an estimated starting salary of $41K.


Those with a degree from MCLA often relocate to Pittsfield after college. With a median salary of $104K, Wakefield represents the highest-paid city popular among MCLA grads. Relative to other popular cities, North Adams ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $34K); however, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. Manchester and Bennington also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $87K per year, former Trailblazers who have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Psychology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making approximately $36K per year.


Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 76 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $72K). MCLA grads are usually competent in Customer Service, and just under a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Only about half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. A fair portion of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of grads receive dental plans, too. A fair portion of survey participants take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and 403(b).

Related Schools

Median pay for University of Pittsburgh grads is about $42K, making their salaries most similar to those of MCLA grads. Other schools similar to MCLA include Granite State College, Charter Oak State College, and St Mary's College of Maryland.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores* 890 1110
ACT Scores 19 25

Key Stats



77 %

female alumni


23 %

male alumni
$33,698 - $66,980
$39,650 - $88,500

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

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