Look In The Mirror, Is That An Advantage?
We joke Lance Tormey and I joke about being too handsome for radio. It's a joke, really...but the question is, If it were true, would it show up in our paycheck? Do good looks pay off financially as well as socially...fair question and the subject of a new book!It's been shown that being beautiful not only provides advantages in life but in work too, and an economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin set out to find out how much of a career advantage it provides. Daniel Hamermesh, author of the book, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful, told the Wall Street Journal that attractive people are likely to earn an average of 3 to 4 percent more than a person with below-average looks. He said that translates to $230,000 more over a lifetime for the typical good-looking person. It's even an advantage for average-looking people, who are likely to make $140,000 more over a lifetime than an unattractive worker.