TALL people really do get ahead.
Australian researchers have found that tall workers earn more than their shorter colleagues, especially among men. A man who is six foot can expect to take home a “wage premium” of almost $1000 a year.
The boffins paint a bleak picture for the vertically-challenged, but there’s good news for chubby workers: overweight people actually earn more than their skinny workmates.
Researcher Andrew Leigh, an economist at the Australian National University, said a factor in the tall men’s pay perk was that they were more capable at some physical tasks, such as reaching the top shelf.
“Beyond that is basically discrimination,” Professor Leigh told AAP.
“We tend to think that tall people are more powerful and smarter, even when they’re not necessarily.”
Prof Leigh, who stands at 180.34 centimetres, said it was unfortunate that society was biased towards taller people. There was not much short people could do about it.
“At the moment they can only try and stand on a box.”
Prof Leigh crunched the numbers on the height, weight and pay of thousands of people around the country, in an Australian first research effort. He found than an extra 10cm in height meant 3 per cent higher wages for men, and 2 per cent higher wages for women.
It was a different story when it came to weight. Fat men earn 5 per cent more than their trimmer colleagues. And thin women don’t earn higher wages.
Prof Leigh said it was possible that being overweight had become so common that it was no longer a problem for workers.