Tall Men Make more Money…but only up to 6 Feet
About to ask for a raise? You might have more luck if you do it wearing a pair of elevator shoes.
A study published in the Journal of Human Capital showed a difference in height among men, even just four or five inches, can result in higher earnings ranging from 9% to 15%, according to Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic. Pinsker also reported that another source indicated “an extra inch is worth almost $800 a year in elevated earnings.”
Some research showed “some inches are worth more than others,” Pinsker wrote, with bigger increases in earnings between 5’4” and 5’6”. Once you get to 6 feet tall though, the salary increases—at least those related to height—level off.
Height isn’t only an indicator of salary. A study using data from Germany showed that the taller a person is, the more likely they are to be an entrepreneur, as opposed to working in a desk job. Taller people are also happier in their professional lives, and it turns out, with their lives in general.
Maybe Randy Newman was right.
-Steve Straehley, Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:
The Financial Perks of Being Tall (by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic)
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