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: Food preparation and serving related occupations

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 40,530 $23,410 1
Hawaii 71,290 $22,630 2
Alaska 21,590 $22,470 3
Massachusetts 261,150 $22,350 4
Washington 236,640 $22,110 5
Connecticut 120,240 $22,070 6
New York 559,530 $21,440 7
New Jersey 266,400 $21,430 8
Vermont 24,470 $20,990 9
Rhode Island 44,660 $20,290 10
Oregon 144,300 $20,270 11
Nevada 161,490 $20,220 12
New Hampshire 52,930 $19,860 13
Delaware 34,850 $19,640 14
Minnesota 223,690 $19,550 15
Maine 52,400 $19,510 16
California 1,217,440 $19,440 17
Maryland 199,760 $19,320 18
Florida 739,750 $19,010 19
Colorado 197,070 $18,670 20
Virgin Islands 4,100 $18,650
Illinois 447,310 $18,600 21
Virginia 280,540 $18,330 22
Arizona 239,530 $18,260 23
Michigan 362,740 $18,050 24
Wisconsin 235,700 $18,030 25
Pennsylvania 464,090 $17,800 26
Utah 83,890 $17,740 27
Missouri 239,840 $17,240 28
Ohio 471,710 $17,150 29
North Carolina 327,480 $17,050 30
Georgia 334,070 $17,040 31
Indiana 255,920 $16,950 32
South Carolina 168,660 $16,850 33
Tennessee 231,900 $16,840 34
North Dakota 30,070 $16,760 35
Iowa 126,870 $16,720 36
Wyoming 23,990 $16,680 37
Nebraska 74,380 $16,650 38
Idaho 50,760 $16,400 39
Montana 43,210 $16,390 40
Kansas 109,490 $16,330 41
Texas 819,200 $16,300 42
Kentucky 153,970 $16,230 43
Louisiana 144,650 $16,050 44.5
South Dakota 38,860 $16,050 44.5
New Mexico 75,840 $15,920 46
West Virginia 61,610 $15,760 47
Mississippi 92,830 $15,730 48
Alabama 152,840 $15,690 49
Oklahoma 125,300 $15,630 50
Guam 5,860 $15,520
Arkansas 91,860 $15,270 51
Puerto Rico 71,340 $14,670