Here's a different take on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment and Wage estimates page. I've downloaded all the data and ranked states (for every occupation with at least 100 workers).

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Occupation Selected: Mechanical engineers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 550 $89,280 1
Hawaii 440 $84,070 2
Alaska 330 $83,280 3
New Mexico 1,070 $83,250 4
Massachusetts 6,670 $82,930 5
New Jersey 5,640 $81,840 6
California 23,220 $81,790 7
Rhode Island 1,190 $81,180 8
Delaware 430 $78,390 9
Maryland 4,350 $77,760 10
Texas 16,010 $77,570 11
Washington 4,440 $76,820 12
Virginia 7,020 $76,530 13
Colorado 3,070 $75,860 14
Arizona 4,920 $75,390 15
Alabama 3,910 $74,460 16
Michigan 21,080 $73,790 17
Nevada 960 $73,210 18
Utah 2,440 $72,780 19
New Hampshire 1,430 $72,510 20
New York 9,170 $70,920 21
Connecticut 5,860 $70,180 22
Pennsylvania 9,210 $70,150 23
Oregon 2,230 $70,070 24
Kansas 2,400 $69,410 25
Oklahoma 2,040 $69,350 26
Louisiana 2,200 $69,270 27
Georgia 2,960 $69,200 28
Maine 620 $68,720 29
North Carolina 3,830 $67,110 30
Florida 5,660 $67,090 31
South Carolina 3,220 $66,790 32
Nebraska 760 $66,760 33
Wyoming 190 $66,750 34
Illinois 8,340 $66,730 35
Minnesota 5,220 $66,620 36
Indiana 7,050 $66,410 37
Tennessee 3,570 $66,380 38
West Virginia 510 $65,730 39
Iowa 2,530 $65,580 40
Ohio 11,130 $65,380 41
Wisconsin 7,250 $65,110 42
North Dakota 410 $64,970 43
Missouri 3,240 $64,710 44
Vermont 340 $64,680 45
Montana 300 $63,490 46
Kentucky 2,450 $62,240 47
Arkansas 1,240 $61,880 48
South Dakota 350 $61,640 49
Puerto Rico 480 $61,020