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Can Your Personality Type Determine Your Salary Potential? [infographic]


Personality tests like the Myers-Briggs can tell us a lot about ourselves: our comfort with crowds, our preference for certain types of activities, even which careers to pursue. But can knowing your Myers-Briggs type tell you how much money you’re going to make?


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A recent infographic from Career Assessments Site argues that it can. Using data from the Myers & Briggs Foundation (among other sources) the authors posit that our personality types can, to a certain extent, predict our earnings potential.

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A few notes:

  • The infographic divides earning potential by household, not by individual. While that probably means that each personality type is contributing, one way or another, to the total, it’s important to note that the data doesn’t necessarily mean that the type is solely responsible for the salary range indicated.
  • Introverts and extroverts, bury the hatchet. Both were equally well-represented across the full range of earnings.
  • The highest earning type, by a wide margin, was ENTJ, a.k.a. “The Field Marshall.” This type is supposedly, “Frank, decisive, and notices inefficiencies.” They’re also good with money and taking criticism. Sounds like a recipe for success. Famous ENTJs include Margaret Thatcher, Bill Gates, and Dick Cheney.

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