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Survey: Most Americans are satisfied with their jobs

May 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM ET

If you’re like most people, you didn’t really mind coming back to work after the holiday weekend.

That’s right, you read that correctly.

Despite the worst recession since the Great Recession, a new Gallup poll finds that most of us - who have jobs - are satisfied with them.

The percentage of American workers who say they are satisfied with their jobs has fallen only slightly since January of 2008, to 87.5 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The percent of workers satisfied in their jobs was at 89.4 percent in February of 2008, and hit a recent low of 86.9 percent last summer.

In general, if you make more money you are likely to be more content with your job. The survey found that 91.9 percent of people earning $90,000 or more a year are satisfied with their job. But just 82.1 percent of people making less than $36,000 a year reported that they were satisfied with their jobs.

College graduates were also more likely to be satisfied with their jobs than those with less than a high school diploma, and whites are more likely to be satisfied at work than any other racial group. Men and women report pretty equal levels of job satisfaction in the 2011 survey.

Of course, there are millions of Americans out there who are unsatisfied with their lack of work. About 13.7 million Americans are currently unemployed, about 6 million more than in January of 2008.

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