Good-looking male workers can earn 22 per cent more than their plainer colleagues doing the same job, a new study has claimed.
However, good looks do not result in increased salaries for women, the study found.
Researchers also found that below-average looks or outright ugliness can reduce a man’s earnings by 26 per cent compared to an average-looking worker, The Sunday Times reported.
The ‘good-looks’ effect exists across the social spectrum and attractive men in all jobs, from male assembly line workers to highly-paid professional careers, can earn 22 per cent more than their colleagues doing an identical role.
The research was conducted by Andrew Leigh, a former economics professor at the Australian National University, and Jeff Borland of the University of Melbourne.
The largest exercise of its kind, it repeated a survey from 1984 to see if the beauty premium had changed.
Leigh said that although he believed good-looking women may also be paid more, the study did not demonstrate this.
“Beauty can be a double edged sword for women. Some people still believe good looks and intelligence are incompatible in women so a good-looking woman can’t be that productive, but there’s no dumb-blonde syndrome affecting men’s pay,” Leigh said.
Leigh said the research showed people in the workplace were “lookist” and he hoped the findings would help employers overcome their prejudice.
However, good looks do not result in increased salaries for women