Individual differences in the relationship between satisfaction with job rewards and job satisfaction.

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Although previous research often showed a positive relationship between pay satisfaction and job satisfaction, we dispute the universality of this finding. Cluster-wise regression analyses on three samples consistently show that two types of individuals can be distinguished, each with a different job reward - job satisfaction relationship. For the first person type, job satisfaction relates to financial and psychological reward satisfaction, whereas for the second person type job satisfaction relates to psychological reward satisfaction only. In addition, both person types differ with respect to the work value financial security, which suggests that differences in work values lie at the basis of between-person differences in the rewards - satisfaction relationship. Moreover, person type 1 and 2 differ in turnover intention and affective organizational commitment, which implies that differences in the rewards - satisfaction relationship relate to important organizational outcomes as well. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • job satisfaction
  • pay satisfaction
  • rewards
  • work values
  • individual differences

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