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: Life, physical, and social science occupations

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 23,360 $79,400 1
Maryland 36,730 $70,750 2
Virginia 38,900 $70,230 3
Delaware 7,280 $68,820 4
Massachusetts 46,750 $68,080 5
Connecticut 16,000 $67,280 6
New Jersey 43,300 $67,030 7
California 156,570 $66,790 8
New York 86,110 $62,860 9
Washington 42,770 $62,670 10
Colorado 28,390 $61,050 11
Minnesota 29,240 $60,010 12
Rhode Island 3,600 $59,560 13
New Mexico 9,400 $59,010 14
Illinois 47,970 $58,910 15
Michigan 32,660 $57,660 16
Texas 86,780 $57,520 17
Hawaii 6,160 $57,410 18
Ohio 35,750 $57,210 19
Pennsylvania 54,250 $55,960 20
Indiana 17,850 $55,870 21
Georgia 21,810 $55,850 22
North Carolina 38,270 $55,340 23
Vermont 3,490 $55,010 24
New Hampshire 4,140 $55,000 25
Alaska 5,870 $54,860 26
Nevada 7,940 $54,560 27
Wisconsin 25,270 $54,270 28
Louisiana 12,470 $53,260 29
Oregon 19,330 $52,930 30
Florida 50,050 $52,630 31
Oklahoma 13,130 $51,780 32
Arizona 17,590 $51,690 33
Alabama 10,160 $51,380 34
Kansas 9,600 $51,230 35
South Carolina 10,070 $50,630 36
Missouri 21,490 $50,610 37
Tennessee 13,460 $50,490 38
Arkansas 6,880 $50,210 39
Mississippi 6,710 $49,710 40.5
Maine 4,850 $49,710 40.5
Nebraska 8,380 $49,290 42
Iowa 11,220 $48,490 43
Utah 13,440 $47,350 44
West Virginia 6,550 $46,990 45
Idaho 9,830 $46,780 46
Kentucky 10,350 $46,720 47
North Dakota 2,740 $46,260 48
Virgin Islands 250 $45,600
Wyoming 4,280 $45,500 49
Guam 270 $44,960
South Dakota 3,590 $42,300 50
Montana 8,280 $40,900 51
Puerto Rico 9,910 $38,140