It’s time to give some hope to one of the most oppressed, underprivileged, underappreciated groups in the U.S. super-attractive people.
Daniel Hamermesh is an economist from the University of Texas who just ran a major study on the connection between attractiveness and earnings.
Daniel Hamermesh found that the average good-looking person makes about $250,000 more over the course of their lifetime than someone less attractive. He says that’s not a gigantic difference, because of how long our careers last, but it’s the same financial difference as getting an extra one-and-a-half years of school.
If you work for 45 years, that’s a difference of about $5,500 a year.
In Hamermesh’s study, he found the attractiveness difference affects women less than men. Women who are rated in the bottom-third of attractiveness make about 4% less than average-looking women. But men who are rated in the bottom-third of attractiveness make 13% less than average-looking men.