According to AP 48% of Americans in 2008 say that they are completely satisfied with their job, which is the second highest Gallup has measured during this decade.
Americans may value their jobs (and be more satisfied with their jobs) more because of the economy and lack of other options. In this survey, job satisfaction was measured by physical safety conditions, relation with coworkers, flexibility of schedule, job security, and competency of supervisor.
The survey also asked what they are dissatisfied with at their current job. How do these factors relate to Maslows needs hierarchy?