Taller Workers Top Pay Ladder

Extra 4 inches adds 2%-3% in hourly wages for women and men, Aussie study says
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2009 7:52 PM CDT
Zhao Liang, 2.46-meter-tall, stretches out his arms as hospital staff members use a tape to measure him in Tianjin, northern China.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Taller workers have a leg up when it comes to paychecks, AFP reports. An Australian study has found that every additional 4 inches of height adds 3% to a man's hourly wage and 2% to a woman's. Five inches of extra height earns a man the salary of a worker with an extra year's experience. Surprisingly, the survey of more than 20,000 Australians found that obese employees fared no worse in wages.

"We were surprised to find that there seemed to be no wage penalty to being overweight or obese in the Australian labour market," one researcher said. "This is in contrast with previous studies that used older data from the United States and Germany." Perhaps, he said, fat Aussies faced to workplace discrimination because they are now in the majority.