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: Graphic designers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 1,410 $60,180 1
New York 18,660 $53,780 2
California 27,080 $49,620 3
New Jersey 6,150 $48,210 4
Massachusetts 4,980 $47,620 5
Connecticut 2,650 $47,580 6
Illinois 9,240 $46,060 7
Michigan 6,160 $46,010 8
Virginia 5,600 $45,940 9
Delaware 410 $45,810 10
Maryland 4,050 $45,570 11
Georgia 4,360 $45,000 12
Nevada 1,450 $44,690 13
Rhode Island 830 $44,430 14
Washington 3,420 $44,330 15
Minnesota 5,090 $43,250 16
Arizona 3,940 $42,850 17
Texas 9,970 $41,680 18
Hawaii 480 $41,230 19
Ohio 8,040 $41,110 20
Colorado 2,980 $40,860 21
Oregon 2,110 $40,580 22
Pennsylvania 7,990 $39,520 23
Vermont 700 $39,350 24
Indiana 3,250 $39,160 25
Alaska 240 $39,020 26
Missouri 3,740 $38,850 27
North Carolina 4,140 $38,700 28
Wisconsin 4,550 $38,610 29
New Hampshire 870 $38,100 30
Florida 11,140 $37,590 31
Idaho 1,060 $37,420 32
Alabama 1,690 $37,340 33
Kentucky 1,640 $36,880 34
Tennessee 3,310 $36,430 35
Mississippi 750 $35,760 36
Utah 2,210 $35,710 37
Kansas 2,160 $35,680 38
South Carolina 1,800 $35,560 39
Oklahoma 1,430 $35,060 40
Nebraska 1,290 $34,370 41
New Mexico 770 $34,360 42.5
Iowa 1,940 $34,360 42.5
Maine 690 $34,140 44
Louisiana 1,140 $32,860 45
Arkansas 1,040 $32,430 46
West Virginia 480 $32,360 47
South Dakota 420 $31,940 48
Wyoming 210 $28,470 49
North Dakota 500 $28,040 50
Montana 690 $27,710 51
Puerto Rico 910 $25,470