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Taller people earn higher incomes, particularly men

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Reach for the stars... or start standing on your toes.

It's not a myth. Research finds that the taller you are, the greater your earnings potential.

New findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal that Australian adults above average height 170cm (5'7"), typically pull in a larger salary than those below average.

For example, the average height of someone on an annual salary of $200,000 or more is 176cm or a little over 5'9", while the average height of a person earning less than $30,000 is just 168cm or 5'6".

The phenomenon is especially prevalent among Aussie men. Fellas bringing home $200,000 are, on average, 179cm tall or just under 5'11". Those that fall under the average male height, 176cm or a little over 5'9", have an income of less than $30,000.

As incomes increase beyond $50,000 per year, so too does the average height of the men earning them.

However, when it comes to women, the formula isn't as convincing but still exists. Females earning $40,000-$49,999 are, on average, 163cm or 5'4". For those enjoying between $110,000 and $199,999, the average height is slightly taller at 166cm or just over 5'5".

Interestingly, the height of those raking in $200,000 or more each year is that of the average Aussie female, 164cm or just over 5'4".

Earlier this year we reported salary growth in Australia is slower than ever and almost three-quarters of Aussie workers received less than a 3% pay rise in 2015/16. However, there were some exceptions.

Having a sizeable income doesn't always put you in an enviable position, given some of the most lucrative business people are considered "successful psychopaths".

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