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$53,290 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Theology & Religious Vocations Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many theology and religious vocations graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 14,594
Doctor’s Degree 2,221
Graduate Certificate 1,176

What Theology & Religious Vocations Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, theology and religious vocations majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Theology & Religious Vocations Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in theology and religious vocations should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Theology & Religious Vocations Majors

A major in theology and religious vocations prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Theology & Religious Vocations Majors

As a theology and religious vocations major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Theology & Religious Vocations Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with theology and religious vocations:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Clergy 8.2% $48,990
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 7.1% $40,810
Music Directors 5.7% $49,630
Philosophy and Religion Professors 12.3% $71,890
Religious Workers 7.7% $29,820

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Theology & Religious Vocations?

14,594 Master's Degrees Annually
34% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 66% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of theology and religious vocations majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theology & Religious Vocations Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 700
Black or African American 2,021
Hispanic or Latino 942
White 8,524
International Students 1,123
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,284

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Theology & Religious Vocations. About 7.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Theology & Religious Vocations Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in theology and religious vocations was $39,850 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $33,350 (25th percentile) and $45,625 (75th percentile).


We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to theology and religious vocations so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Theology and Religious Vocations majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $46,980 to $59,790 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Theology & Religious Vocations Major  ( 46980 to 59790 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some degrees associated with theology and religious vocations may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for theology and religious vocations careers below.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.9%
Some College Courses 0.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.2%
Master’s Degree 28.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 27.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 3.1%

Online Theology & Religious Vocations Programs

In 2018-2019, 731 schools offered a theology and religious vocations program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 94 38
Certificate (1-2 years) 110 40
Certificate (2-4 Years) 24 10
Associate’s Degree 294 110
Bachelor’s Degree 210 74
Post-Baccalaureate 94 38
Master’s Degree 1,039 345
Post-Master’s 56 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 170 29
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 80 10
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 67 11

Is a Degree in Theology & Religious Vocations Worth It?

The median salary for a theology and religious vocations grad is $53,290 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 34% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $267,800 after 20 years!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to theology and religious vocations.

Major Number of Grads
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 547,539
Visual & Performing Arts 153,295
English Language & Literature 59,299
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,252


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