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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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Maine Maritime AcademySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$67,000Mid-Career Pay:$121,800% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:48%
Rank:2School Name:Bowdoin CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$61,300Mid-Career Pay:$112,000% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:37%
Rank:3School Name:Bates CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$59,500Mid-Career Pay:$111,900% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:4School Name:Colby CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$59,200Mid-Career Pay:$103,300% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:5School Name:University of MaineSchool Type:Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,000Mid-Career Pay:$95,000% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:6School Name:University of New EnglandSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,100Mid-Career Pay:$91,500% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:7School Name:Saint Joseph's College of MaineSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,900Mid-Career Pay:$84,300% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:8School Name:Thomas CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,100Mid-Career Pay:$81,500% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:9School Name:University of Southern MaineSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,900Mid-Career Pay:$81,300% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:10School Name:Husson UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$43,300Mid-Career Pay:$77,600% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:11School Name:University of Maine at Fort KentSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$43,500Mid-Career Pay:$76,300% High Meaning:73%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:12School Name:University of Maine at AugustaSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$41,600Mid-Career Pay:$73,100% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:13School Name:University of Maine at FarmingtonSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$41,100Mid-Career Pay:$71,700% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:14School Name:University of Maine at Presque IsleSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$39,000Mid-Career Pay:$70,700% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:15School Name:Unity CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$38,200Mid-Career Pay:$69,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:16School Name:University of Maine at MachiasSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$37,100Mid-Career Pay:$66,200% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:17School Name:Maine College of ArtSchool Type:Art, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$36,300Mid-Career Pay:$64,600% High Meaning:37%% STEM Degrees:0%

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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.