Best Religious Schools by Salary Potential

Looking for a faith-based college experience with a high-paying job as an end result? Check out religious universities with the highest-paid alumni.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$66,800$139,10044%29%

1Santa Clara University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$66,800
Mid-Career Pay$139,100
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees29%
2Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,700$133,10050%26%

2Duke University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,700
Mid-Career Pay$133,100
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees26%
3Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,700$131,50046%28%

3University of Notre Dame
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,700
Mid-Career Pay$131,500
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees28%
4Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,700$128,30043%14%

4Georgetown University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,700
Mid-Career Pay$128,300
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees14%
5Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,600$124,90046%40%

5Manhattan College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,600
Mid-Career Pay$124,900
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees40%
6Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,900$122,90031%0%

6The King's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,900
Mid-Career Pay$122,900
% High Meaning31%
% STEM Degrees0%
7Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,200$121,20041%47%

7Lafayette College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,200
Mid-Career Pay$121,200
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees47%
8Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,800$121,00046%24%

8College of the Holy Cross
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,800
Mid-Career Pay$121,000
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees24%
9Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,600$118,70041%17%

9Fairfield University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,600
Mid-Career Pay$118,700
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees17%
10Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,600$117,90041%23%

10Villanova University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,600
Mid-Career Pay$117,900
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees23%
11Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,600$117,70043%13%

11Boston College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,600
Mid-Career Pay$117,700
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees13%
12Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,000$116,30039%9%

12Loyola Marymount University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,000
Mid-Career Pay$116,300
% High Meaning39%
% STEM Degrees9%
13Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,000$116,10050%28%

13Davidson College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,000
Mid-Career Pay$116,100
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees28%
14Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,500$115,80039%8%

14Loyola University Maryland
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,500
Mid-Career Pay$115,800
% High Meaning39%
% STEM Degrees8%
15Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,400$113,90038%10%

15Fordham University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,400
Mid-Career Pay$113,900
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees10%
16Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,900$111,80044%20%

16Emory University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,900
Mid-Career Pay$111,800
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees20%
17Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,700$111,50048%5%

17Saint Mary's College of California
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,700
Mid-Career Pay$111,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees5%
18Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,400$111,30059%12%

18Seattle University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,400
Mid-Career Pay$111,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees12%
19Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,400$111,00046%25%

19Saint Johns University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,400
Mid-Career Pay$111,000
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees25%
20Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,600$110,60052%6%

20University of San Francisco
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,600
Mid-Career Pay$110,600
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees6%
21Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,200$110,40047%22%

21Southern Methodist University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,200
Mid-Career Pay$110,400
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees22%
21Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,600$110,40047%12%

21University of San Diego
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$110,400
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees12%
23Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,800$109,80061%20%

23Wittenberg University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$109,800
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees20%
24Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,200$109,50044%7%

24St John's University-New York
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,200
Mid-Career Pay$109,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees7%
25Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,400$109,20059%25%

25Brigham Young University-Provo
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,400
Mid-Career Pay$109,200
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees25%
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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.


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