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: Detectives and criminal investigators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 2,810 $82,320 1
New Jersey 3,580 $78,890 2
California 10,870 $73,820 3
Illinois 3,700 $71,530 4
Maryland 1,160 $70,160 5
Hawaii 480 $69,380 6
Massachusetts 1,350 $68,580 7
Washington 1,450 $68,130 8
Alaska 170 $67,460 9
Virginia 3,000 $66,700 10
Colorado 1,700 $66,470 11
Connecticut 970 $66,220 12
Nevada 500 $62,910 13
New York 9,270 $62,470 14
Pennsylvania 2,700 $62,040 15
Michigan 2,150 $61,470 16
Minnesota 1,120 $61,120 17
Oregon 720 $60,920 18
Vermont 170 $60,900 19
Rhode Island 330 $59,720 20
Delaware 310 $58,460 21
Ohio 2,080 $58,450 22
Florida 7,420 $57,850 23
Kentucky 580 $57,050 24
Wisconsin 1,420 $56,980 25
Montana 340 $55,410 26
Texas 11,300 $54,950 27
Iowa 390 $54,430 28
Arizona 4,680 $53,530 29
Nebraska 340 $53,360 30
Utah 460 $52,860 31
Idaho 370 $52,810 32
New Hampshire 320 $52,710 33
Wyoming 200 $52,570 34
Maine 390 $52,390 35
Kansas 820 $52,300 36
North Dakota 250 $52,140 37
New Mexico 1,190 $51,880 38
South Dakota 240 $50,690 39
Georgia 3,870 $50,480 40
Tennessee 2,410 $49,090 41
Missouri 1,660 $48,410 42
Indiana 1,080 $47,240 43
Puerto Rico 670 $47,220
South Carolina 980 $46,110 44
Alabama 1,270 $45,810 45
West Virginia 360 $45,180 46
North Carolina 2,720 $44,880 47
Louisiana 1,820 $44,560 48
Arkansas 450 $44,110 49
Oklahoma 1,270 $43,670 50
Mississippi 900 $42,810 51