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 engineering technicians

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Washington 920 $54,790 1
Texas 4,520 $53,180 2
Oregon 530 $52,530 3
California 5,910 $51,940 4
Massachusetts 1,920 $50,750 5
Maryland 700 $50,500 6
Illinois 1,500 $49,260 7
Minnesota 1,980 $49,210 8
Indiana 1,560 $48,740 9
New York 1,460 $48,690 10
Connecticut 1,020 $48,630 11
Michigan 2,950 $48,000 12
Nebraska 120 $47,030 13
Virginia 960 $46,720 14
North Carolina 1,020 $46,700 15
New Mexico 600 $46,620 16
New Jersey 1,080 $46,270 17
South Carolina 840 $46,260 18
Colorado 410 $46,240 19
Missouri 530 $45,250 20
Wisconsin 1,320 $45,200 21
Nevada 190 $45,050 22
New Hampshire 340 $44,900 23
Pennsylvania 2,080 $44,760 24
Arizona 1,080 $44,520 25
Florida 1,280 $43,950 26
Ohio 3,250 $43,620 27
Kansas 280 $43,390 28
Alabama 630 $43,370 29
Vermont 150 $42,820 30
Rhode Island 390 $42,490 31.5
Kentucky 350 $42,490 31.5
Utah 630 $42,360 33
Georgia 560 $42,080 34
Tennessee 520 $41,900 35
Iowa 550 $41,010 36
Louisiana 390 $39,990 37
Puerto Rico 140 $39,630
Oklahoma 460 $39,280 38
South Dakota 130 $38,690 39