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: Security guards

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 2,440 $28,620 1
District of Columbia 10,200 $27,930 2
Washington 14,920 $27,570 3
Maryland 22,920 $26,940 4
Minnesota 12,990 $26,760 5
Virginia 28,100 $26,580 6
New Hampshire 1,920 $26,400 7
Vermont 1,020 $26,090 8
Connecticut 12,640 $26,050 9
Rhode Island 3,260 $25,580 10
New York 98,870 $25,240 11
Massachusetts 21,510 $25,160 12
New Jersey 39,300 $25,040 13
Idaho 2,330 $24,970 14
Colorado 13,720 $24,700 15
Nevada 19,090 $24,570 16
Iowa 6,420 $24,540 17
Kansas 5,410 $24,420 18
Utah 5,220 $24,380 19
Nebraska 3,510 $24,370 20
Missouri 18,960 $24,290 21
Michigan 23,870 $24,280 22
Hawaii 7,510 $24,180 23
Illinois 47,820 $24,090 24
California 136,680 $23,740 25
Oklahoma 8,790 $23,670 26
Wisconsin 9,350 $23,370 27
Indiana 16,610 $23,140 28
Texas 72,070 $23,130 29
South Carolina 11,560 $23,090 30
North Dakota 1,110 $23,030 31
Delaware 3,520 $22,990 32
Ohio 31,510 $22,780 33
North Carolina 24,050 $22,660 34
Maine 2,050 $22,640 35
Georgia 27,890 $22,560 36
Oregon 6,850 $22,530 37
Pennsylvania 36,320 $22,330 38
Wyoming 930 $22,300 39
Kentucky 11,150 $22,040 40
New Mexico 7,550 $22,020 41
Arizona 22,440 $21,950 42
South Dakota 1,190 $21,760 43
Tennessee 22,350 $20,900 44
Florida 74,880 $20,830 45
Louisiana 15,650 $20,610 46
Montana 1,270 $20,120 47
Arkansas 5,860 $19,890 48
Alabama 13,920 $19,380 49
Virgin Islands 1,250 $18,920
West Virginia 4,700 $18,890 50
Mississippi 9,890 $18,410 51
Guam 1,000 $14,610
Puerto Rico 27,440 $13,960