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: Dental assistants

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 720 $37,690 1
District of Columbia 500 $37,220 2
Minnesota 5,340 $36,630 3
New Hampshire 1,220 $36,490 4
Connecticut 3,080 $36,300 5
Massachusetts 6,370 $36,230 6
Washington 8,960 $34,730 7
New Jersey 9,120 $34,620 8
Oregon 4,510 $34,320 9
Nevada 2,460 $34,210 10
Colorado 4,670 $34,080 11
Rhode Island 1,060 $33,500 12
Vermont 470 $33,280 13
North Carolina 6,950 $33,200 14
Arizona 5,410 $32,300 15
Michigan 9,780 $32,270 16
California 41,180 $32,170 17
Maryland 4,690 $32,050 18
Maine 1,060 $31,500 19
Delaware 700 $31,460 20
Indiana 5,190 $31,430 21
New York 17,270 $31,120 22
Iowa 2,540 $30,880 23
Georgia 7,030 $30,290 24
Virginia 7,280 $30,060 25
Florida 13,880 $29,790 26
South Carolina 3,180 $29,780 27
Missouri 4,740 $29,700 28.5
Ohio 9,970 $29,700 28.5
North Dakota 490 $29,690 30
Illinois 12,680 $29,650 31
Wisconsin 5,380 $29,450 32
New Mexico 1,770 $29,340 33
Tennessee 5,010 $29,330 34
Hawaii 1,390 $28,970 35
Kansas 2,820 $28,450 36
South Dakota 710 $28,090 37
Kentucky 3,380 $27,980 38
Texas 19,160 $27,810 39
Nebraska 1,810 $27,800 40
Pennsylvania 11,170 $27,530 41
Montana 800 $27,420 42
Idaho 1,850 $27,340 43
Oklahoma 3,090 $26,580 44
Utah 4,200 $25,890 45
Mississippi 1,850 $25,810 46
West Virginia 1,350 $25,240 47
Louisiana 3,110 $25,070 48
Wyoming 510 $24,850 49
Arkansas 2,300 $24,410 50
Alabama 2,870 $24,370 51
Guam 150 $24,160
Puerto Rico 2,740 $14,900