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: Fire fighters

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
California 26,530 $58,080 1
New Jersey 5,630 $57,280 2
Washington 6,150 $53,110 3
Colorado 4,180 $48,920 4
Maryland 3,670 $47,670 5
Oregon 2,900 $46,220 6
Massachusetts 12,520 $46,100 7
Connecticut 3,210 $45,540 8
Nevada 1,700 $44,950 9
Florida 20,710 $44,690 10
Illinois 16,710 $43,950 11
Pennsylvania 5,030 $43,860 12
Hawaii 1,850 $43,310 13
Texas 24,900 $42,960 14
Missouri 5,540 $42,170 15
Nebraska 910 $42,160 16
Virginia 7,900 $41,620 17
North Dakota 390 $40,480 18
Michigan 6,920 $39,850 19
New Hampshire 1,200 $39,810 20
Wyoming 280 $37,850 21
Indiana 6,920 $37,670 22
Ohio 19,740 $37,630 23
Arizona 5,440 $36,840 24
Kansas 3,920 $36,460 25
South Dakota 390 $35,980 26
Idaho 1,090 $35,140 27
Tennessee 5,470 $34,980 28
Oklahoma 4,340 $34,830 29
Montana 700 $34,050 30
Maine 1,460 $33,960 31
Alabama 4,760 $33,940 32
Georgia 8,010 $33,740 33
Utah 2,160 $33,240 34
Wisconsin 8,160 $33,150 35
North Carolina 7,520 $32,660 36
Alaska 2,430 $31,640 37
Iowa 1,660 $31,600 38
Arkansas 2,270 $31,220 39
West Virginia 790 $30,970 40
South Carolina 3,420 $30,540 41
Minnesota 5,260 $30,420 42
New Mexico 1,620 $30,290 43
Kentucky 3,920 $30,280 44
Vermont 260 $28,750 45
Mississippi 3,090 $27,810 46
Louisiana 4,330 $26,670 47