Working at Bates

Bates offers eligible employees — those who work at least half-time — competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits program that is designed to offer flexibility for individual needs and situations.

Here are a few highlights of what the college currently offers:

Wages at Bates

  • Over the past year, Bates has increased the entry level hourly wage for employees three times, resulting in a total increase of 21.5%. Over the past six years, Bates has increased the starting hourly wage by an average of 10% per year.
  • Bates pays up to 12% of an employee’s salary to their retirement account, which is the most generous all-employee program of Maine colleges and universities and is well above the national average of 8.8% for private colleges. (Sources: Survey of Maine colleges and universities; AAUP)
  • Bates offers a competitive compensation package to visiting faculty and lecturers. Compared to other Maine colleges and universities, the average annual salary is 18% higher for visiting faculty at Bates and 31% higher for lecturers at Bates. Bates also ranks 4th nationally in the average pay per course for part-time faculty. (Source: AAUP)
  • Overall, Bates ranks 20th in the country among liberal arts colleges in faculty compensation. (Source: U.S. News & World Report)

Healthcare Benefits for Bates Employees

  • The three Bates-sponsored medical insurance plans cover 100% of preventive care costs and give employees a range of choices, with Bates paying up to $19,000 per employee for the annual cost of insurance. For employees with a household income of less than $75,000, the college’s Health Insurance Contribution Credit covers as much as 30% of the employee cost.
  • Bates provides up to $1,800 for those employees who choose to have a Health Savings Account to be used toward qualified medical expenses, and these employees receive coverage through the hospital indemnity plan paid for by the college.
  • Comprehensive dental and vision plans are available, with the college paying as much as $900 per year toward the cost of dental insurance.

Benefit Programs for Bates Employees

  • Bates covers 100% of the cost for Basic Life and AD&D Insurance coverage as well as Short Term and Long Term Disability Support.
  • Bates contributes toward the cost of an employee’s childcare costs, based on the number of children in care, from $520 for one child to $1,560 for five or more. And, employees with household incomes less than $75,000 receive higher contributions up to a maximum of $3,900 for five or more children.
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers confidential and professional assistance at no cost to help with a wide range of personal matters, such as depression, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, and substance abuse.
  • Educational costs can be subsidized by Bates, with up to $5,250 per year for eligible employees who take courses and up to $7,500 per year toward a dependent’s college costs.

Paid Time Off

  • Employees receive up to 24 vacation days and two personal days per year, among the most generous paid time off programs of small liberal arts colleges. (Source: Survey of small liberal arts colleges)
  • Additionally, employees are paid for 13 holidays throughout each year.
  • Up to 50 sick days can be accrued, with an additional 15 days available in a sick bank program for time missed due to COVID-19 implications.

Working on the Bates Campus

More than a workplace, Bates welcomes all employees to enjoy the many benefits of being part of the Bates community and campus.

  • Free access to all athletics and wellness facilities, including the pool, weight and cardiovascular room, indoor and outdoor track, and tennis.
  • A comprehensive wellness program (BWell) offers free services, including nutrition counseling, classes (e.g., boot camp, spin, HIIT, yoga, water aerobics, Zumba, Qi Gong, Couch to 5K, Care for the Caregiver sessions), farm share delivery, and biometric screening.
  • Access to cultural opportunities from the Bates Museum of Art to the Bates Dance Festival, and many concerts and theater productions throughout the year.
  • Regular lectures and other educational programming, as well as access to Ladd Library and its services, provide opportunities for continuing education for all employees.

For a comprehensive summary of all Bates employee benefits, please visit: