Which careers have the most earning potential for religious studies graduates?

After graduation, religious studies graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $93,482, while the bottom 20% make closer to $27,072. The median grad salary is $50,306.

Religious Studies graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies is $35,049, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $41,790.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for religious studies graduates

The highest paying career for religious studies graduates is clergy, with top salaries averaging around $58,004.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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