Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What’s the average income for your personality type?

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It’s not just your education and work experience that affects your salary—your personality plays a big role in how big of a paycheck you bring home, too.

A fascinating new infographic from Career Assessment (via Time) reveals just how much the nuances of personality influence income. The report uses the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, which sorts people into 16 types represented by four-letter codes—like ESTP or INFJ—based on whether the person is “introverted” or “extroverted,” “intuitive” or “sensing,” “thinking” or “feeling,” and “perceptive” or “judgmental.” (You can take an online quiz based on the Myers-Briggs here.)

So, which type came out on top? ENTJ, or extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and judgmental types, who Career Assessment notes are known for being honest, decisive, goal-oriented, and impulsive, have by far the highest average income with more than $80,000 per household.

Two other extroverted types—ESTJ and ESFJ—came in next, but one introverted type, INTJ, who Career Assessment says are highly intelligent, committed, independent, and arrogant, placed at fourth in highest average income.

On the lower-income end of the scale were the personality types that Career Assessment deemed the sensitive, free-spirited “artisans.” Lowest-earning of all was INFP—introverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceptive types who are distinguished by being loyal and loving but also emotional and sensitive to criticism —with an average income of about $60,000.

How does your personality affect your job and income? Let us know in the comments!

Vi-An Nguyen
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