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).

You can use the drop-down menus to filter by state or by occupation.

Occupation Selected: Cooks, short order

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 520 $25,280 1
District of Columbia 450 $24,860 2
Nevada 3,490 $23,960 3
Massachusetts 4,870 $23,270 4
Connecticut 2,140 $23,140 5
Hawaii 1,260 $22,500 6
Washington 1,920 $22,120 7
California 14,740 $21,350 8
Colorado 2,480 $21,230 9
Rhode Island 1,290 $21,100 10
New York 8,740 $20,870 11
Vermont 800 $20,760 12
New Jersey 5,120 $20,700 13
Arizona 4,230 $20,690 14
Delaware 950 $20,200 15
Oregon 1,440 $19,700 16
Maine 1,190 $19,510 17
Utah 980 $19,500 18
Florida 7,970 $19,460 19
New Hampshire 1,300 $19,220 20
Minnesota 4,330 $19,110 21
Illinois 7,630 $19,020 22
Maryland 4,370 $18,830 23
Michigan 8,560 $18,800 24
Ohio 7,820 $18,130 25
Pennsylvania 12,200 $18,110 26
Wisconsin 3,860 $17,880 27
Missouri 4,420 $17,770 28
North Dakota 710 $17,630 29
Nebraska 1,500 $17,400 30
Wyoming 230 $17,330 31
South Dakota 1,050 $17,310 32
New Mexico 980 $17,300 33
Texas 14,610 $17,170 34
Virginia 4,120 $17,050 35
North Carolina 6,990 $16,770 36
Indiana 5,520 $16,730 37
Montana 980 $16,630 38
Arkansas 960 $16,540 39
Tennessee 3,580 $16,530 40
West Virginia 1,100 $16,490 41
South Carolina 5,540 $16,410 42
Iowa 1,670 $16,330 43
Kentucky 2,360 $16,230 44
Georgia 5,070 $16,210 45
Kansas 2,030 $16,070 46
Idaho 1,060 $15,930 47
Oklahoma 2,090 $15,790 48
Louisiana 3,480 $15,690 49
Alabama 2,940 $14,990 50
Mississippi 1,940 $14,700 51
Puerto Rico 530 $13,810