Bates College is a university based in Lewiston, Maine that is home to around 2,000 undergraduates. Undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences is popular here. This report is based on the answers of Bates graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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4.4 %

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51 %

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Bates College Median Salary by Job


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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Aug 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 310
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About This School

2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240


Liberal Arts, Private School

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Former Bates students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including software as a service (SAAS) development, the financial services industry, and the health care services industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. Former Bates graduates bring in around $63K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average approximately $75K per year compared to females' $56K.


The biggest paychecks among Bates alumni are earned by Directors of Operations — these former students make a median salary of $125K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to VPs of Sales (about $115K) and Marketing Managers ($74K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Communications Directors — they bring in $54K.


Boston, Mass. is a hub for Bates graduates — a large number call this city home. Another city that attracts a wealth of Bates grads is San Francisco, Calif.; given its high compensation ($115K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. Bates alumni in Washington, DC can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $59K. New York, N.Y. and Portland, Maine also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Bates grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration (average earnings climb to $118K per year). A Master of Arts (MA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $48K).


Competency in Strategic Marketing translates into above-average pay for Bates College grads — they earn nearly double their fellow graduates. Bates grads are usually competent in Project Management, and one-sixth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Proficiency in Data Analysis, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Marketing Communications command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-sixth of alumni get paid sick time. Most respondents have medical plans, and a majority of grads have dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most former students contribute to a 401(k). Additional perks enjoyed by Bates College grads include a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Median pay for Middlebury College grads is approximately $62K, making their salaries most similar to those of Bates grads. Other schools similar to Bates include Bowdoin College, Colby College, and College of the Atlantic.

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Key Stats for Bates College


57 %
43 %
$38,675 - $81,553
$41,003 - $117,779

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$36,430 - $89,200
$46,127 - $120,991
$44,385 - $141,178
$50,305 - $157,222
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