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: Cooks, restaurant

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 1,620 $27,310 1
Connecticut 6,680 $26,660 2
District of Columbia 3,530 $26,300 3
Massachusetts 17,000 $25,770 4
Hawaii 6,450 $25,650 5
Nevada 14,020 $25,490 6
New York 36,210 $25,120 7
New Jersey 17,540 $24,110 8
Rhode Island 2,660 $24,000 9
Vermont 1,950 $23,730 10
New Hampshire 3,980 $23,700 11
Maryland 11,490 $23,400 12
Virgin Islands 410 $22,930
Delaware 2,730 $22,720 13
Washington 21,470 $22,570 14
California 92,740 $22,520 15
Florida 65,190 $22,040 16
Maine 4,450 $21,870 17
Oregon 13,800 $21,710 18
Virginia 21,690 $21,410 19
Minnesota 18,270 $21,300 20
Colorado 19,830 $21,290 21
Pennsylvania 31,090 $21,190 22
Arizona 16,430 $20,530 23.5
Michigan 24,900 $20,530 23.5
Utah 6,280 $20,320 25
Georgia 24,010 $20,300 26
Wisconsin 15,280 $20,050 27
Ohio 33,270 $20,000 28
Tennessee 17,870 $19,800 29
Missouri 20,330 $19,630 30
South Carolina 13,090 $19,610 31
Indiana 17,270 $19,500 32
Wyoming 2,250 $19,310 33
South Dakota 1,920 $19,270 34
North Carolina 24,160 $19,140 35
Nebraska 5,390 $19,040 36
Illinois 37,740 $18,710 37
Iowa 9,660 $18,640 38
Kansas 7,490 $18,620 39
Louisiana 9,510 $18,590 40
North Dakota 2,190 $18,440 41
Montana 3,920 $18,420 42
Kentucky 11,090 $18,360 43
Alabama 10,030 $18,250 44
New Mexico 5,740 $18,220 45
Texas 60,250 $18,150 46
Idaho 4,550 $18,070 47
Mississippi 7,310 $17,730 48
Oklahoma 8,660 $17,180 49
Arkansas 5,890 $17,150 50
West Virginia 4,960 $16,980 51
Guam 660 $16,490
Puerto Rico 3,090 $15,060