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2021 Highest Paid Religious Studies Graduates

3,941 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,583 Avg Salary
$25,194 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Religious Studies GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, religious studies was ranked #89. In fact, 3,941 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 Religion Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Religious Studies Graduates ranking, we looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in religion.

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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Religious Studies Majors

After graduating, religious studies majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $27,583 per year. That's not so great, since it is 31% 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 Religion Graduates from Schools Nationwide  27,583
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Religious Studies Grads in the United States

The highest paid religion majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Religion Graduates

#1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

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

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Our rankings recognize Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Religion majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $50,200.

While working on their bachelor's, religion majors at Jewish Theological Seminary of America accumulate an average of around $21,710 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $246.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Liberty University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, religion majors make an average salary of $33,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, religion graduates from Liberty University carry an average student debtload of $32,732. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $336.

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#3

Yale University

New Haven, CT

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Yale University. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA

Our rankings recognize Cairn University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Langhorne, Cairn is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, religion majors make an average salary of $28,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, religion graduates from Cairn carry an average student debtload of $27,339. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $300.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to St Lawrence University. Located in the town of Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Located in the city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public school with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, religion majors make an average salary of $26,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, religion graduates from UNC Charlotte carry an average student debtload of $26,524. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of St Thomas Minnesota as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul. Religion majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $25,200.

The average amount in student loans that religion majors at UST MN take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,379. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $236, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid religious studies school. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in religion from the school is $24,900.

Religion majors at Florida State take out an average of $21,550 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $232, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid religious studies school. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Gambier.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgetown University. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#7

Evangel University

Springfield, MO

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Evangel University. Evangel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield. Religion majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $23,400.

On average, religion graduates from Evangel take out $25,657 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $249.

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California Baptist University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Riverside, Cal Baptist is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, religion majors make an average salary of $23,300.

While working on their bachelor's, religion majors at Cal Baptist accumulate an average of around $30,139 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $301.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brown University. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a public school with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, religion majors make an average salary of $22,700.

On average, religion graduates from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee take out $29,115 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in religion from the school is $21,300.

Religion majors at U of F take out an average of $17,824 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Richmond. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in religion from the school is $20,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, religion graduates from VCU carry an average student debtload of $23,983. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#12

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid religious studies school. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Religious Studies Graduates

#26

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#27

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#28

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#30

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#32

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA
#33

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#34

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#35

Boston University

Boston, MA
#37

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#38

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#40

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#41

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#43

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#44

Denison University

Granville, OH
#46

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#47

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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 Religious Studies Graduates award.

Rank College Location
49 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
50 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
51 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
52 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
53 Lafayette College Easton, PA
54 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
55 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
56 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
57 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
58 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
59 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
60 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
61 Rice University Houston, TX
62 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
63 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
64 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
25 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA

Religious Studies by Region

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Religious Studies is one of 3 different types of Philosophy & Religious Studies programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Religion

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

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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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