Paying by the Inch

Michael Sheehan

Physician's Money Digest, June30 2004, Volume 11, Issue 12

Walk tall and command a bigger paycheck.That's the conclusion of a studyfrom the University of North Carolina'sKenan-Flagler Business School, whichshows that tall people make more thantheir shorter colleagues. Height is closelyrelated to income, especially for men,study authors say, with each inch of heightworth an average of $789 more in incomeper year. Using that scale, a person who is6 feet tall can expect to average $9408more a year in income than one who isonly five feet tall. Over a 30-year career,that's more than $282,000 in extraincome for the 6-footer. By occupation,the biggest correlation between height andsalary was found among salespeople.