This Myers-Briggs Personality Type Makes the Most Money, Study Finds
Your personality can have a lot to do with why you choose one job over another. That’s why knowing your personality type can help you find the career that makes you happy.
There are 16 distinctive personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular personality test that determines your personality by measuring preferences like introversion and extroversion. Truity Psychometrics recently surveyed a representative sample of 25,759 people using their Myers-Briggs TypeFinder to find out how different personality types correlate with job satisfaction and income.
The results reveal that extroverts tend to have higher average yearly incomes than introverts, with ENTJs and ESTJs earning the most at $76,000 and $77,000, respectively. The personality type that makes the least are ISPs, who earn on average $32,000 in yearly income — less than half of what the top two highest earning types make.
In terms of job satisfaction, the study found that extroverted types were much more likely to report higher job satisfaction levels than their introverted peers.
What’s truly interesting is that personality types who are the most successful on the job — based on standard metrics like income and responsibility — are not necessarily the most satisfied.
“The difference boils down to the Thinking vs. Feeling dimension,” the Truity report explains.
So how is it possible that feelers also felt satisfied on the job despite earning less and having fewer responsibilities? Feelers are more likely to choose a career that has certain values that align with their own, according to the report
The report says:
“While Thinkers may imagine that a high income is a priority for them in choosing a career, in the end, they’re less satisfied than Feelers who gravitate towards careers that resonate with their personal values. Perhaps Thinkers would do well to spend a bit more time reflecting on more philosophical questions of meaning and purpose before they settle on a career path.”
If you find yourself disagreeing with the results of the study, don’t feel alone. While very popular, the Myers-Brigg test isn’t widely accepted as total scientific fact. The test has been described as being halfway between a horoscope and a heart monitor by Adam Grant, a Wharton psychology professor.
But even with that in mind, being aware of our personality traits can lead to a better understanding of the jobs we take on and how much or little we succeed in them.