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: Economists

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Maryland 290 $100,260 1
District of Columbia 3,820 $97,270 2
Virginia 610 $92,490 3
California 800 $89,010 4
New York 520 $88,050 5
New Jersey 120 $84,860 6
Pennsylvania 260 $84,620 7
Texas 790 $83,930 8
Illinois 230 $83,420 9
Oregon 280 $77,040 10
Wisconsin 210 $75,680 11
Ohio 160 $75,590 12
Arizona 100 $73,930 13
Georgia 240 $73,850 14
Washington 480 $73,790 15
Florida 310 $73,460 16
Michigan 160 $72,560 17
Nebraska 130 $71,780 18
Massachusetts 820 $71,410 19
Connecticut 170 $69,670 20
Missouri 130 $68,640 21
Tennessee 120 $66,650 22
Kentucky 130 $62,640 23
Arkansas 150 $51,290 24