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    The Measure of Success

    Why Do Tall People Get Bigger Paychecks?

    CareerBuilder.com

    As if the vertically-challenged don't have to deal with enough (what with hemming pant legs, straining to peer over people at concerts, and struggling to reach the top shelf at grocery stores), it turns out taller people are better compensated than their shorter colleagues. To add insult to injury, height has not only been linked to larger paychecks and greater self-confidence, but also to higher intelligence.*

    Sweet Sixteen
    For decades, social scientists have studied what is referred to as the "height premium" -- the increased earnings that, on average, taller people receive. A 2001 study by Nicola Persico, Andrew Postlewaite and Dan Silverman of the University of Pennsylvania, found that it's the height a person had as a teenager that matters when it comes to bringing home the bacon as an adult.

    "Two adults of the same age and height who were different heights at age 16 are treated differently on the labor market," Persico, Postlewaite and Silverman concluded. "The person who was taller as a teen earns more."

    "Those who were relatively short when young," they continued, "were less likely to participate in social activities associated with the accumulation of productive skills and attributes, and report lower self-esteem."

    Weak self-esteem and underdeveloped social skills, can negatively affect the image one portrays to co-workers and managers as an adult. A person who lacks confidence is generally seen as less authoritative, and may have a harder time convincing employers of his or her leadership potential. And those, ahem, shortcomings prove particularly detrimental when hiring managers determine salary.

    Sizeable Salary
    A 2004 study by psychologist Timothy A. Judge, Ph.D., of the University of Florida, and researcher Daniel M. Cable, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, found that every inch of height amounts to a salary increase of about $789 per year (the study controlled for gender, weight and age). By this calculation, someone who is 6 feet tall earns $5,525 more annually than someone who is 5 feet, 6 inches. Over the course of a career, of course, those numbers can really add up.

    "Perhaps when humans were in the early stages of organization, they used height as an index for power in making 'fight or flight' decisions," Judge told the "Monitor on Psychology," a publication of the American Psychological Association. "They ascribed leaderlike qualities to tall people because they thought they would be better able to protect them. Evolutionary psychologists would argue that some of those old patterns still operate in our perceptions today."

    Smart Money
    A new study published in August 2006 by Princeton economists Anne Case and Christina Paxson offers a fresh and decidedly controversial explanation for why taller people make more money: They're just smarter.

    "As early as age 3 -- before schooling has had a chance to play a role -- and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests," Case and Paxson state in the study.

    "As adults," they continue, "taller individuals are more likely to select into higher-paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome rewards."

    In other words, the inflated paychecks of tall people may have less to do with biases and social stigmas than previously believed. If taller people do, in fact, select occupations that require more advanced skills, employers may be justified in granting them higher salaries.

    Perhaps most importantly, Case and Paxson highlight the important role proper early nutrition plays in determining both height and cognitive ability. A person's ability to achieve his or her greatest potential intelligence may boil down to the care he or she received in the womb and during the first three years of life.

    This means, whether tall or short, a person's health as a baby could directly correlate to the health of their paycheck when they enter the workforce.

    * Wondering how you stack up? According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average height of American men is 5 feet, 9 inches, and the average height of American women is 5 feet, 4 inches.

    IE: I myself measure 6ft 1 inch -=MAXx= out!-
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    Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

    Hey, a larger gentleman needs a whole lotta woman.

    Oh, you said CHECKS.
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    • #3
      Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

      I tend to disagree. I'm 5'6" and i make 77.25 an hour...that is until I get my doctorate and then I start banking around 400k/year.

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      • #4
        Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

        Originally posted by Ferris Bueller View Post
        I tend to disagree. I'm 5'6" and i make 77.25 an hour...that is until I get my doctorate and then I start banking around 400k/year.
        Damn, man, what doctorate guarantees that kind of dough?

        (and how much are TALL folks with the same degree making? ;) )
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        • #5
          Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

          Dr. N. P. - Doctorate of Nursing Practice. It gives me the right to freelance at hospitals who will be THROWING chief nurse positions at me, I can go into private practice and open a clinic or home health service, I can do administrative nursing work. The possibilities are much more vast than they are with my measly little BSN, and even with this I make fat bank.

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          • #6
            Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

            Good looking people also make more money.

            Tall, good-looking people are better salesmen, get treated better by the general public, and overall tend to have an easier time at life.

            Call it attractiveness-bias or whatever, but in general, better genes = a better life.

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            • #7
              Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

              Perhaps short people are smarter, and thus realize that money isn't everything?

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              • #8
                Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                Originally posted by thebleakaffinity View Post
                Perhaps short people are smarter, and thus realize that money isn't everything?
                Ahh yes. You can always spot the poor people. :P

                Money can't buy happiness, but it buys an awful lot of crap that makes me happy.

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                • #9
                  Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                  Thank you for illustrating my point.

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                  • #10
                    Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                    Originally posted by thebleakaffinity View Post
                    Thank you for illustrating my point.
                    And bleakaffinity scores from downtown!

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                    • #11
                      Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                      Personally, I do find that money isnt everything. If i had to choose between money and health, health wins anytime. Ive studied dialisis and ive had some patients tell me that they have money but what good is it for, in the end there straped to a machine so they can stay alive.
                      Money can bring happiness but it sure cant hold on to it. Were all ganna get bored with the games we play, were ganna come to the same conclusions; "why did i buy that piece of junk", When in the beggining we were all estatic on our new purchase.
                      Simply enough, human nature is ganna take afect and were ganna buy the newest, shiniest, most popular what ever and stick with it until we come again to the same conclusion; "why did i buy that piece of junk".
                      Money isnt everything but it can be used for good, thats what money is needed for. Man has created his own inmenent destruction due to his greed and ignorince.

                      May god himself help us all....
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                      • #12
                        Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                        Yeah, but you're only talking to the people with enough money to pay for your services. I'm sure there are many more people who couldn't afford dialisis that might have a different opinion.

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                        • #13
                          Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                          Buck, how do you have the uncanny ability to resurrect long since dead threads? lol

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                          • #14
                            Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                            lol, I leave for long periods and forget to check the date before I respond.
                            I just saw that someone had left me feedback for this thread and came in to see what is was about again.

                            WOW, this one was old.
                            Last edited by Buck Fush; 04-06-2007, 01:52 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: A study from careerbuilder.com "Why do tall people get bigger checks?"

                              so im reading this and thinkin, wasnt there a thread like this a month ago. uncanny how the same things get said over and over...

                              then i check the date...

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