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: Chefs and head cooks

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 850 $49,010 1
New Jersey 3,210 $47,760 2
New York 5,460 $46,940 3
Hawaii 1,100 $44,200 4
Nevada 2,530 $43,860 5
Connecticut 2,280 $42,950 6
Massachusetts 3,730 $42,480 7
Washington 1,610 $42,100 8
Rhode Island 390 $42,060 9
California 12,620 $41,210 10
Florida 7,320 $39,970 11
Colorado 2,030 $39,050 12
Minnesota 1,390 $39,020 13
Maryland 2,490 $38,960 14
Virginia 1,920 $38,810 15
Delaware 370 $38,040 16
Ohio 3,070 $37,960 17
Maine 620 $37,550 18
Arizona 2,450 $37,540 19
Missouri 1,650 $36,220 20
Vermont 330 $36,200 21
Texas 4,900 $36,110 22
North Carolina 2,520 $35,830 23
Michigan 3,470 $35,000 24
Alaska 520 $34,840 25.5
Pennsylvania 5,190 $34,840 25.5
Illinois 5,500 $34,770 27
Oregon 1,280 $34,540 28
New Hampshire 1,170 $34,510 29
Indiana 1,520 $34,340 30
Iowa 580 $34,060 31.5
Georgia 2,140 $34,060 31.5
Utah 590 $33,830 33
Louisiana 1,760 $33,330 34
South Carolina 2,180 $33,100 35
Kentucky 1,090 $32,900 36.5
New Mexico 670 $32,900 36.5
Tennessee 1,770 $32,720 38
West Virginia 460 $32,380 39
Nebraska 750 $32,270 40
Montana 340 $31,360 41
Wisconsin 2,300 $31,250 42
Guam 150 $31,240
Wyoming 280 $30,740 43
Arkansas 440 $29,750 44
Alabama 790 $29,140 45
North Dakota 140 $28,290 46
Kansas 980 $28,010 47
Mississippi 670 $28,000 48
Puerto Rico 430 $26,030
Idaho 1,020 $24,370 49
Oklahoma 1,530 $23,630 50