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Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Katherine Daley-Bailey isn't in it for the money.
Median starting pay: $34,700
Median mid-career pay: $54,400

With a religious studies degree, you need to be devoted to your job.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Katherine Daley-Bailey was paid little more than minimum wage to review high school text books at the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education and was forced to supplement her income until she landed a full-time job as a religious studies professor at Georgia State University.

Taking a job as a business analyst to pay the bills along the way is what made her realize that money wasn't what she was after.

"I was paid more than I've ever been paid in my life when I was an analyst -- I had full health insurance, a company credit card, you know, all the perks -- but nothing could compensate me for spending eight to 10 hours a day at this job when I knew something I really loved to do was still out there waiting for me."

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Last updated January 14 2011: 2:40 PM ET
Source: PayScale.com
How PayScale.com determined salary: Survey includes national median starting and mid-career salary for 120 popular bachelor degree majors. Salaries are for graduates who received bachelor's degrees from schools in the United States who work full time in the United States.
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