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: Athletes and sports competitors

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Missouri 440 $140,160 1
Georgia 290 $135,260 2
Washington 210 $91,360 3
North Carolina 530 $86,130 4
Indiana 370 $83,970 5
California 1,150 $82,230 6
New Jersey 230 $74,340 7
Florida 980 $74,270 8
Texas 1,300 $71,190 9
Wisconsin 460 $58,260 10
Virginia 300 $57,080 11
Pennsylvania 770 $57,040 12
Idaho 140 $53,670 13
Ohio 420 $43,310 14
Michigan 150 $41,890 15
Connecticut 170 $40,440 16
Illinois 690 $38,610 17
Tennessee 210 $35,420 18
Kansas 100 $33,360 19
South Carolina 130 $32,600 20