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: Life scientists, all other

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Georgia 150 $95,450 1
Massachusetts 110 $77,450 2
California 2,070 $74,470 3
Maryland 920 $73,290 4
New Jersey 620 $71,470 5
North Carolina 880 $70,850 6
Arizona 120 $69,980 7
Virginia 510 $68,820 8
Connecticut 100 $64,820 9
Ohio 270 $63,340 10
Oregon 140 $62,270 11
Indiana 240 $62,260 12
Illinois 430 $61,660 13
Washington 340 $61,480 14
Michigan 880 $61,430 15
New York 310 $58,550 16
Minnesota 1,040 $53,710 17
Kentucky 100 $53,600 18
Alabama 120 $53,090 19
Florida 570 $52,020 20
Pennsylvania 970 $51,080 21
Texas 220 $50,940 22
Puerto Rico 330 $50,560
Idaho 110 $48,760 23