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: Microbiologists

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Maryland 1,570 $90,930 1
Georgia 610 $78,310 2
District of Columbia 160 $77,100 3
California 1,830 $72,900 4
New York 1,600 $70,590 5
Indiana 780 $67,790 6
Illinois 800 $64,430 7
Iowa 180 $63,600 8
Colorado 320 $62,200 9
Missouri 230 $60,620 10
Idaho 110 $60,110 11
Ohio 350 $59,480 12
New Jersey 760 $59,220 13
Massachusetts 1,090 $58,770 14
Montana 120 $57,740 15
North Carolina 250 $56,620 16
Washington 370 $56,490 17
Connecticut 160 $56,180 18
Florida 210 $56,010 19
Michigan 240 $54,160 20
Arkansas 210 $53,880 21
Alabama 140 $53,660 22
Wisconsin 560 $53,490 23
Minnesota 260 $53,290 24
Tennessee 130 $52,160 25
Virginia 270 $50,520 26
Utah 220 $49,170 27
Texas 560 $47,280 28
Puerto Rico 260 $43,240
Kansas 110 $43,170 29