Creationism is, it appears, a profitable business. Jim Lippard has a nice piece on Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham's young earth organization. Seems that in 2004, AiG had a total revenue of $10,423,222. Ham himself had a salary of $121,764, with $6,887 in benefits and $63,808 in expenses. Similarly, the Institute for Creation Research had a revenue of $4,341,000 and claims to have spent $2,382,920 on "research in the field of biblical creation". John Morris, as president, made $74,915.
Indeed, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, both Ham and Morris are doing very nicely compared to the salaries of full professors - as Brian Leiter notes, "[t]he average full professor of philosophy in the survey earned $82,030, compared to $76,413 for English professors, $80,706 for History professors, $82,554 for Psychology professors, and $87,079 for Social Sciences professors". Needless to say, both are financially doing significantly better than I am as a mere lecturer.
As Jim points out, Ham does well for himself in a state with a median household income of $37,270, and considering the median for California is $48,912, Morris can be happy.
the church has always been a way toward upward mobility. nothing new :)