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Good-looking men earn far more

12:00 AEST Mon Jan 7 2013
Alexandra Pleffer
These two men are most likely on a healthy salary.
These two men are most likely on healthy salaries. (Thinkstock)

Good-looking men are earning more than their less attractive counterparts, a new Australian study shows.

Melbourne University economist Jeff Borland and former Australian National University economist Andrew Leigh found that attractive men earned an annual average of $32,150 ($NZ40,570) more than men who weren't considered physically attractive.

Men whose looks rated as above average earned about $81,750 ($NZ103,160) while those with a below-average appearance earned around $49,600 ($NZ62,583), the study found.

Unattractive men were also 15 percent less likely to be employed, married or married to a woman with a high income.

But the effect of a woman's appearance on her career was much smaller.

"It could be that attractive women come up against the stereotype that they can't be both attractive and intelligent," Dr Leigh said.

"There's no such thing as the dumb-blond syndrome for men."