Best Religious Schools by Salary Potential

Is a faith-based education the right path for you? Learn more about the religious schools with the highest-earning graduates.

Read more

Bachelor's Only
All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:26School Name:University of St Thomas (Minnesota)School Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$63,100Mid-Career Pay:$123,700% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:27School Name:Providence CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,700Mid-Career Pay:$123,500% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:28School Name:Gonzaga UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,100Mid-Career Pay:$122,700% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:29School Name:Marquette UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$64,100Mid-Career Pay:$122,600% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:30School Name:Wittenberg UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$57,200Mid-Career Pay:$122,500% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:31School Name:American UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$62,000Mid-Career Pay:$121,800% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:32School Name:Rhodes CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,000Mid-Career Pay:$121,400% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:28%
Rank:33School Name:John Carroll UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$57,700Mid-Career Pay:$120,400% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:34School Name:Trinity UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,800Mid-Career Pay:$120,000% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:34School Name:The Catholic University of AmericaSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$62,500Mid-Career Pay:$120,000% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:34School Name:Saint Anselm CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$61,800Mid-Career Pay:$120,000% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:37School Name:St. John's University-New YorkSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$60,400Mid-Career Pay:$119,000% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:38School Name:Wofford CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$59,100Mid-Career Pay:$118,900% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:39School Name:University of TulsaSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$69,300Mid-Career Pay:$118,100% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:38%
Rank:40School Name:University of DaytonSchool Type:Party School, Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$64,000Mid-Career Pay:$117,800% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:41School Name:Saint Joseph's UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$62,500Mid-Career Pay:$117,400% High Meaning:41%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:42School Name:University of PortlandSchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$65,300Mid-Career Pay:$117,300% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:43School Name:University of DallasSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,800Mid-Career Pay:$117,000% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:44School Name:St Olaf CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,700Mid-Career Pay:$116,800% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:28%
Rank:45School Name:Siena CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$59,400Mid-Career Pay:$116,700% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:45School Name:DePaul UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$61,300Mid-Career Pay:$116,700% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:47School Name:Baylor UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$62,000Mid-Career Pay:$116,500% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:48School Name:La Salle UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$60,100Mid-Career Pay:$116,300% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:49School Name:Ohio Wesleyan UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$54,900Mid-Career Pay:$115,500% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:49School Name:Stonehill CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$61,300Mid-Career Pay:$115,500% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:15%

What are you worth?

Take our free salary survey to find out

Get your free report
College Student

It’s possible to attend a faith-based college and still be able to pay off your student loans after graduation. In fact, many of the most famous colleges in the United States have their roots in religious affiliations. In the College Salary Report, Payscale has ranked all religious colleges in the United States by their earning potential.

Santa Clara University is a religious school with highly paid alumni when we poll graduates with a bachelor’s degree and no higher education. This small California school often beats out big names like Duke, Georgetown and Brigham Young University, even though only a small percent of their degrees are in science, technology, engineering and math.

Other religious colleges and universities with high earning potentials are Notre Dame, Boston College, Brigham Young University and Loyola Marymount.

Going to a religious school doesn’t guarantee a meaningful career, but many alumni say their work is meaningful.

Basketball powerhouse Gonzaga University in Eastern Washington is the most highly recommended religious college on our list. About 90 percent of Zags recommend Gonzaga to others.