Research Salaries in Maine

Since 2007, the minimum salary for a Maine certified teacher has been $30,000 per year. Even so, individuals interested in becoming a teacher in Maine should be aware that salary schedules differ among school districts, and that many teachers earn significantly more than this bare minimum. The Maine Education Association makes salary schedules available online for different UniServe Districts, geographical groupings of Maine districts used by the MEA.

The average salary of an experienced professional with teaching certification in Maine is $44,731 as of 2012, according to the National Education Association. During the same year, first-year teachers earned an average of $30,732. Completing the teacher requirements in Maine for a master’s-level degree adds anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 to a teacher’s annual salary.

Early-career salaries have been improving, but Maine still lags behind most other states in the U.S. for teacher pay. The following graph, compiled from data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that only preschool teachers make above the national average.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Maine Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $86,140 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $75,170 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $59,050 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $64,080 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $59,390 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $28,640 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $46,570 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $48,480 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $49,940 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,440 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $48,120 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $48,230 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $48,480 $39,370

Teachers in Maine’s largest commercial center, Bangor, earn salaries that are slightly better than the state average. Teachers from the cities of Lewiston and Portland are not far off pace. This salary chart is current as of May 2011.

City Annual mean wage
Bangor, ME $49,880
Lewiston-Auburn ME $42,130
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ME $47,550

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Bowdoin College

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255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Husson University

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1 College Circle
Bangor, ME 04401-2999
(207) 941-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Maine College of Art

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522 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101-3494
(207) 775-3052

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

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278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME 04084-5236
(207) 892-6766

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Thomas College

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180 W River Rd
Waterville, ME 04901-5097
(207) 859-1111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

University of Maine

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168 College Avenue
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1865

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Maine at Farmington

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224 Main St.
Farmington, ME 04938-9978
(207) 778-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

University of Maine at Presque Isle

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181 Main St
Presque Isle, ME 04769-2888
(207) 768-9400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

University of New England

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11 Hills Beach Rd
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599
(207) 283-0171

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Southern Maine

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96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 780-4141

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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