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).

You can use the drop-down menus to filter by state or by occupation.

Occupation Selected: Soil and plant scientists

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 150 $82,980 1
Maryland 160 $79,520 2
Connecticut 120 $72,470 3
Idaho 130 $69,740 4
Michigan 110 $68,760 5
California 1,520 $67,650 6
Washington 390 $64,210 7
Hawaii 210 $63,240 8
Florida 230 $62,610 9
Oregon 470 $61,660 10
Virginia 160 $61,010 11
Colorado 280 $60,510 12
Texas 310 $60,040 13
North Carolina 580 $59,900 14
Iowa 1,110 $59,340 15
Pennsylvania 270 $57,480 16
Georgia 350 $57,410 17
Illinois 210 $56,110 18
New Jersey 150 $55,920 19
Montana 100 $53,340 20
Mississippi 170 $53,050 21
Utah 120 $51,980 22
Minnesota 480 $51,460 23
Ohio 170 $51,370 24
Nebraska 330 $49,290 25
South Dakota 170 $49,110 26
Wisconsin 410 $48,310 27
Missouri 210 $47,130 28
Kentucky 160 $44,580 29
Indiana 160 $39,160 30
Puerto Rico 400 $33,970