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I would like to make the email field on the profile page for subscribers read only. They can see their email but not change it. I want only admins to to be able to change users email address.

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Although the readonly attribute can be removed using Chrome/Firebug inspector (making the field editable again), much probably the average user will not know this.

function wpse50730_script_enqueuer(){
    if(current_user_can('subscriber')) {
        echo '<script type="text/javascript">
        jQuery(document).ready( function($) {
            $(".form-table #email").attr("readonly", true);
add_action('admin_head-profile.php', 'wpse50730_script_enqueuer');
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