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: Technical writers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
California 6,670 $72,910 1
Washington 1,630 $71,580 2
Massachusetts 2,320 $69,310 3
New Jersey 1,530 $66,440 4
New Hampshire 250 $66,300 5
New York 2,090 $65,320 6
Virginia 2,380 $65,190 7
Nevada 230 $64,470 8
Maryland 1,840 $62,360 9
District of Columbia 610 $62,140 10
Connecticut 680 $60,500 11
Colorado 1,300 $60,420 12
Oregon 630 $60,210 13
Illinois 1,310 $60,200 14
Michigan 1,600 $60,190 15
Arizona 780 $58,310 16
Georgia 1,190 $57,510 17
Minnesota 930 $57,200 18
North Carolina 1,000 $57,080 19
Texas 3,390 $55,940 20
Florida 1,760 $55,870 21
Delaware 110 $55,840 22
Missouri 800 $55,640 23
Utah 920 $54,850 24
Pennsylvania 1,610 $54,490 25
Indiana 480 $53,200 26
Idaho 560 $52,940 27
Louisiana 120 $51,200 28
Vermont 120 $50,970 29
Wisconsin 800 $50,920 30
South Carolina 310 $50,850 31
Alabama 540 $50,800 32
New Mexico 280 $50,500 33
Mississippi 190 $50,250 34
Ohio 1,400 $50,170 35
Kansas 370 $47,670 36
Iowa 380 $46,960 37
Nebraska 180 $46,910 38
Kentucky 270 $46,340 39
Tennessee 430 $45,930 40
Oklahoma 420 $41,580 41
Arkansas 220 $39,610 42