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: Social science research assistants

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Georgia 260 $50,890 1
Massachusetts 470 $46,650 2
Maryland 870 $41,340 3
Connecticut 130 $40,940 4
Michigan 350 $40,410 5
Virginia 350 $40,320 6
Texas 450 $39,740 7
California 1,280 $39,370 8
Ohio 360 $37,850 9
District of Columbia 1,110 $37,140 10
Oregon 330 $37,120 11
Washington 960 $36,130 12
North Carolina 960 $35,470 13
Arizona 180 $34,340 14
Wisconsin 550 $32,800 15
New Jersey 120 $32,790 16
Nebraska 110 $30,070 17
Utah 180 $24,220 18