We’d all love a boost in our salaries, and we’re willing to take on a few extra projects to get there. But what if the number on our paycheck isn’t just about hard work?
We’ve already heard that women who keep their maiden namestend to earn $500,000 more over their lifetimes, but that’s not the only unexpected predictor of earning potential.
So we decided to plumb the research and put together the stereotypical highly-paid woman based on all the statistics. In other words, if you know a blonde, Asian, non-smoking pharmacist named Deborah, she's probably making more than you. Obviously these statistics are not necessarily causal, but no matter what, they're interesting—check out the highest earning woman's stats below.
Birthplace: Westlake, TX
36% of U.S. children who are born into families in the highest income tax bracket will stay in that bracket as they become adults. (With a median income of $250,000, Westlake tops the list of most affluent neighborhoods in the U.S.)
A survey of LinkedIn profiles found that the top female CEO names, in ranked order, are Deborah, Sally, Debra, Cynthia and Carolyn.
As of 2008, Asian families in the United States earned a median income of $73,578—more than white families ($65,000), Hispanic families ($40,466) and black families ($39,879).
The net worth of non-smokers is $8,300 higher than heavy smokers and $2,000 higher than light smokers.
Female pharmacists have the highest median weekly earnings among women, earning $1,647 every week. Chief executives and lawyers also top the list of highest paying jobs for women.
Blonde women in the UK make more than their brunette and redheaded counterparts. Blondes have a monthly take-home pay equivalent to $1,556, while brunettes make $1,432 and redheads make $1,357.
Left-handed people earn 5% more per hour than right-handed people. However, this effect is more pronounced in men.
29 and Single
Single and childless women under 30 living in the biggest American cities earn 8-20% more than their male co-workers.
Beautiful women earn about 5% more than average-looking women, and women with below-average looks make 9% less than their ordinary-looking counterparts. But being too attractive can work against you, especially if you're applying for a "masculine" job such as mechanical engineer or director of finance.
The eldest child is the most likely to earn a six-figure salary. The youngest child, on the other hand, is the least likely to earn $100,000 or more.
Women drinkers earn 14% more than non-drinkers, according to a study published by the Journal of Labor Research.
The more education a woman has, the more income she will likely earn over a lifetime. A woman with a professional degree, for example, will earn, on average, $4.4 million over a lifetime, compared to $1.2 million for a high school graduate.
Studies have shown that tall people tend to earn more than their short co-workers. Every extra inch is worth an extra $1,000 per year in wages.
Notable Trait: Assertive
Women who score low on "agreeableness" (or more bluntly, women who are mean) earn on average about 5% or $1,828 more than those who to try to please.
Women considered "very thin" (25 pounds less than average) make $22,000 more every year than their co-workers of normal weight. Among white women, an extra 65 pounds is correlated with a 7% reduction in wages.
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. tops the list of American metropolitan regions with the highest income.
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