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2021 Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates

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

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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. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies list to help you make the college 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.

How Much Do Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, philosophy and religious studies majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $28,371 per year. Unfortunately, that is 29% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

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 United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid philosophy and religious studies majors.

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 city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly 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 city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college 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 college with a 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 fairly 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 large 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 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 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 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 city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very 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 very 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 college with a fairly large student population.

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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 large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

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California State University - Fullerton comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public school 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 suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a very 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 large private not-for-profit school located in the 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. University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Bothell.

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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 fairly large public school located in the 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 large city of New York.

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California State University - Long Beach earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal State Long Beach is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach.

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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 city of Carlisle.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates

#27

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#28

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#29

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#30

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#32

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#35

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#37

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA
#38

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#40

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#41

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#43

Boston University

Boston, MA
#45

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#46

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#47

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#48

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#49

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Philosophy & Religious Studies Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 51 different United States philosophy and religious studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
56 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
57 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
59 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
60 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
61 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
62 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
63 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
64 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
65 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
67 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
68 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
69 Lafayette College Easton, PA
70 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
71 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
72 Providence College Providence, RI
73 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
74 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
75 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
76 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
77 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
78 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
79 Rice University Houston, TX
80 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
81 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
82 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
83 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
84 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
85 Fordham University Bronx, NY
86 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
87 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
88 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
89 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
90 Trinity University San Antonio, TX

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
92 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
93 American University Washington, DC
94 Carleton College Northfield, MN
95 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
96 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
97 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
98 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
99 Colby College Waterville, ME
100 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
101 Howard University Washington, DC
103 University of Denver Denver, CO
104 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
105 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
106 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
108 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
109 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
110 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
111 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
112 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
114 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
115 Stonehill College Easton, MA
116 Barnard College New York, NY
117 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
118 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
119 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
120 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
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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Majors Similar to Philosophy & Religious Studies

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Fyodor Bronnikov.

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