Survey: Nice Guys Earn Less Than Mean Counterparts

Research presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management looked at "agreeableness" using self-reported survey data collected over 20 years. Men who measured below average on agreeableness earned almost $10,000 more a year than nice guys.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

OK, so Ballpark and Oscar Mayer both claim they make a mean hot dog.

MONTAGNE: nice guys and gals do finish last.

DAVID GREENE, Host:

Research presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in San Antonio looked at how agreeable people are at the office.

The study's authors found that men who measured below average on agreeableness earned almost $10,000 more a year than the nice guys.

MONTAGNE: Mean women earned nearly $2,000 more per year than their nicer female co-workers. The study does point out that being disagreeable is no guarantee of being competent.

And that's the business news from MORNING EDITION, on NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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