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: Commercial and industrial designers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
California 4,120 $69,750 1
Michigan 5,450 $69,440 2
Massachusetts 740 $66,300 3
Nevada 280 $64,470 4
New York 3,380 $62,740 5
Connecticut 460 $61,470 6
Louisiana 550 $59,300 7
Illinois 750 $59,060 8
New Jersey 790 $58,230 9
Texas 1,180 $57,840 10
Utah 350 $56,460 11
Pennsylvania 1,360 $55,580 12
Rhode Island 580 $55,310 13
Kansas 130 $55,180 14
Arizona 500 $54,790 15
Virginia 660 $54,660 16
Colorado 510 $54,460 17
Maryland 230 $53,980 18
Washington 530 $53,770 19
Missouri 460 $52,690 20
Kentucky 200 $52,450 21
Wisconsin 1,320 $52,400 22
North Carolina 930 $51,900 23
Georgia 500 $51,840 24
Indiana 1,060 $50,860 25
Ohio 1,880 $49,500 26
Iowa 280 $48,540 27
New Hampshire 120 $48,210 28
Mississippi 140 $47,410 29
Vermont 120 $46,780 30
Oregon 350 $46,100 31
Alabama 180 $45,730 32
Florida 480 $43,970 33
Tennessee 450 $43,730 34
Oklahoma 450 $43,410 35
Idaho 170 $43,270 36
Nebraska 110 $36,960 37.5
South Carolina 340 $36,960 37.5
South Dakota 100 $33,110 39