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: Chemists

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Maryland 3,400 $86,220 1
District of Columbia 550 $82,100 2
Massachusetts 3,090 $78,620 3
Indiana 2,270 $77,610 4
Idaho 280 $76,120 5
California 9,670 $73,270 6
Delaware 900 $73,260 7
Virginia 1,690 $71,450 8
Connecticut 850 $69,370 9
Washington 1,450 $68,890 10
New Jersey 6,200 $68,430 11
Colorado 1,560 $68,160 12
Michigan 2,300 $67,890 13
New Hampshire 180 $67,620 14
New York 5,960 $66,870 15
South Carolina 1,100 $66,110 16
Arkansas 700 $64,430 17
Georgia 1,620 $64,320 18
Louisiana 890 $64,190 19
Minnesota 1,740 $62,560 20
Illinois 3,120 $62,240 21
New Mexico 400 $61,210 22
Pennsylvania 4,530 $61,170 23
Ohio 3,450 $60,850 24
North Carolina 3,700 $60,760 25
Missouri 1,980 $60,600 26
Nevada 250 $59,140 27
Tennessee 760 $59,000 28
Mississippi 360 $58,830 29
Hawaii 160 $58,510 30
West Virginia 600 $58,150 31
Texas 4,470 $57,940 32
Utah 640 $57,760 33
Oklahoma 320 $57,370 34
Alabama 580 $57,250 35
North Dakota 130 $56,360 36
Kansas 600 $56,120 37
Iowa 450 $55,060 38
Arizona 770 $54,750 39
Wisconsin 2,030 $54,420 40
Kentucky 620 $54,090 41
Florida 2,370 $53,650 42
Oregon 450 $52,930 43
Nebraska 440 $51,600 44
Wyoming 190 $50,960 45
Maine 160 $49,440 46
Puerto Rico 2,350 $46,990
Montana 200 $44,340 47