Philosophy & Religious Studies

2021 Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates

12,372 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,371 Avg Salary
$22,565 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies School for You

Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies GraduatesOut of the 38 majors we analyze each year, philosophy and religious studies was ranked #25. In fact, 12,372 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates ranking looked at 51 colleges that offer a bachelor's in philosophy and religious studies.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors After Graduation

The average philosophy and religious studies major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $28,371 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 29% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,371
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid philosophy and religious studies graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Princeton.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Harvard University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Jewish Theological Seminary of America comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

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University of Southern California comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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St Lawrence University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Located in the remote town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Skysong. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Arizona State University - Tempe comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Gambier.

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#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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California State University - Fullerton comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#11

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Washington - Bothell Campus comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Bothell, UW Bothell is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #12 school in this year's rankings. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle.

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Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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California State University - Long Beach earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Long Beach, CSULB is a public school with a very large student population.

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#13

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid philosophy and religious studies school. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates award.

Rank College Location
21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
22 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
23 Colgate University Hamilton, NY
24 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
25 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA

Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

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Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 8,093
Religious Studies 3,941
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 214
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 124

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 45,514
English Language & Literature 42,686
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
Theology & Religious Vocations 10,962

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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