That hour you spend to prepare before a presentation or job interview is time well-spent, according to a study published in the Science Direct Journal. The study, entitled "Gender and the returns to attractiveness," found out that well-groomed men are paid with higher salaries than those who don't.
Researchers from the University of Chicago and University of California followed 14,600 people for 13 years and interviewed them four times regarding income, job, education, and personality. They also rated the participants on how attractive and well-groomed they appeared.
They also charted their salaries, which were found to have a correlation with their level of attractiveness. The findings: Very attractive people earn more than people who are only of "average attractiveness."
The study reads: "We find that attractive individuals earn roughly 20 percent more than people of average attractiveness, but this gap is reduced when controlling for grooming, suggesting that the beauty premium can be actively cultivated."
The study also suggested that grooming—practices such as a simple shave and styling hair—was actually what accounted for most of the salary discrepancies for men of varying attractiveness.
Andrew Penner, one of the lead researchers of the study, says, "The big takeaway here is that people can capture most of the attractiveness premium. It’s not just what you’re born with."
So if you want to earn more money, and you're just a semi-gwapo, spend some extra time in front of the mirror instead. The pile of papers in your desk can wait.