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: Writers and authors

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
California 5,870 $91,350 1
Connecticut 630 $69,690 2
New York 4,170 $67,240 3
Colorado 670 $64,650 4
District of Columbia 2,710 $61,690 5
Washington 770 $59,070 6
Oklahoma 560 $58,960 7
New Jersey 820 $57,450 8
Michigan 1,210 $56,660 9
Maryland 790 $55,970 10
Idaho 350 $55,370 11
Massachusetts 1,010 $55,350 12
Oregon 550 $54,880 13
Montana 130 $54,010 14
Texas 1,930 $52,840 15
Illinois 1,370 $52,600 16
Virginia 1,500 $52,550 17
Rhode Island 120 $51,470 18
North Carolina 730 $51,000 19
New Hampshire 140 $49,300 20
Minnesota 1,960 $48,930 21
Florida 1,700 $48,840 22
Georgia 1,110 $48,630 23
Louisiana 330 $47,920 24
Mississippi 300 $47,790 25
Pennsylvania 1,970 $47,640 26
Kentucky 270 $47,330 27
Tennessee 850 $46,390 28
Nevada 300 $46,320 29
Ohio 1,200 $46,260 30
Vermont 190 $46,020 31
Missouri 1,480 $46,000 32
Arkansas 120 $45,150 33
Alabama 450 $44,850 34
Kansas 460 $44,570 35
Puerto Rico 150 $43,270
Maine 260 $42,810 36
Indiana 500 $42,550 37
New Mexico 190 $42,040 38
Hawaii 100 $40,660 39
Iowa 450 $40,220 40
Arizona 850 $39,450 41
Wisconsin 980 $38,400 42
Nebraska 310 $38,130 43
West Virginia 130 $35,440 44
South Carolina 310 $35,420 45