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The Highest Earning Women Have These Qualities In Common (Infographic)

First Posted: 09/12/11 11:15 AM ET   Updated: 11/12/11 05:12 AM ET

By Joyce Wu | LearnVest

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 names tend 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.

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