Best Colleges in Maine by Salary Potential

Getting your bachelor’s degree is a great career move. Read about Maine colleges with the highest-paid graduates before you choose a school.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,500$120,30051%23%

1Bates College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,500
Mid-Career Pay$120,300
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees23%
2State SchoolBachelorsPublic$66,700$119,90066%48%

2Maine Maritime Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$66,700
Mid-Career Pay$119,900
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees48%
3Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,700$116,00056%37%

3Bowdoin College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,700
Mid-Career Pay$116,000
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees37%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,800$102,00047%24%

4Colby College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,800
Mid-Career Pay$102,000
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees24%
5Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,800$90,70051%24%

5University of Maine
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$90,700
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees24%
6Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,900$90,30071%7%

6University of New England
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$90,300
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees7%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,300$80,70061%2%

7Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,700
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees2%
8Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,800$78,80052%3%

8Thomas College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,800
Mid-Career Pay$78,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees3%
9State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,400$77,80056%8%

9University of Southern Maine
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$77,800
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees8%
10Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,900$76,00055%1%

10Husson University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$76,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees1%
11Liberal Arts School, Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,900$74,800N/A0%

11College of the Atlantic
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$74,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
12State SchoolBachelorsPublic$38,200$69,10058%6%

12University of Maine at Presque Isle
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,100
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees6%
13Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,200$68,900N/A23%

13Unity College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,200
Mid-Career Pay$68,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees23%
13State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,700$68,90066%7%

13University of Maine at Augusta
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$68,900
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees7%
15State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,800$68,60071%5%

15University of Maine at Fort Kent
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$68,600
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees5%
16State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,200$67,20067%5%

16University of Maine at Farmington
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$67,200
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees5%
17Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$36,600$61,20050%13%

17University of Maine at Machias
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$36,600
Mid-Career Pay$61,200
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees13%
18Art, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,700$52,400N/A0%

18Maine College of Art
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,700
Mid-Career Pay$52,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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There are several colleges and universities in Maine included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Our list of the Maine colleges with highest-paid graduates can help you make a smart decision about where to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some of the most notable colleges in Maine are Saint Joseph’s College, University of Maine, and University of Southern Maine.

Colby College is consistently among the best four-year colleges in Maine. This tiny private liberal arts school has about 2,000 students enrolled, but Colby alumni thrive. Colby is almost always ranked in the top 100 of schools overall in the nation measured by median alumni salary.

Many graduates from Maine’s colleges go on to work in careers in the Agriculture, Shipbuilding, Fishing, Footwear, Machinery, Electronics and Tourism industries. Popular employers for Maine graduates include University of Maine; Army National Guard; Maine Medical Center; Children’s Medical Network; University of Maine Systems; Maine General Hospital-Seton; Eastern Maine Medical Center; Unum; Maine General Health-Medical Center; and the University of Maine.


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