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 workers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 2,050 $24,250 1
Connecticut 13,660 $21,730 2
Nevada 7,840 $21,500 3
Washington 12,570 $21,430 4
Massachusetts 25,040 $21,250 5
Hawaii 5,310 $21,040 6
Arizona 20,260 $20,790 7
District of Columbia 5,360 $20,750 8
Minnesota 12,700 $20,280 9
New York 86,470 $20,190 10
Oregon 10,830 $20,110 11
Rhode Island 3,530 $19,830 12
New Jersey 16,510 $19,750 13
Vermont 2,030 $19,550 14
Colorado 13,060 $19,430 15
Maine 5,410 $19,380 16.5
Maryland 15,030 $19,380 16.5
New Hampshire 3,020 $19,180 18
Delaware 2,760 $19,000 19
Florida 46,970 $18,930 20
California 108,010 $18,920 21
North Dakota 1,590 $18,740 22
Wisconsin 12,880 $18,510 23
Georgia 27,320 $18,460 24
Michigan 31,750 $18,410 25
Kentucky 7,770 $18,210 26
Pennsylvania 39,800 $18,110 27
Tennessee 16,240 $18,080 28
Virginia 17,860 $18,000 29
Illinois 47,150 $17,840 30
South Carolina 13,180 $17,820 31
Ohio 34,110 $17,700 32
Idaho 2,660 $17,580 33
Indiana 20,890 $17,400 34
Wyoming 1,500 $17,350 35
Missouri 10,360 $17,250 36
Iowa 9,020 $17,130 37
Montana 2,510 $17,060 38
North Carolina 26,130 $16,810 39.5
New Mexico 3,380 $16,810 39.5
Virgin Islands 440 $16,680
Kansas 9,480 $16,350 41
Nebraska 5,920 $16,310 42
Utah 7,370 $16,260 43
Texas 32,950 $16,200 44.5
West Virginia 4,400 $16,200 44.5
South Dakota 4,160 $16,140 46
Alabama 10,500 $15,860 47
Puerto Rico 14,170 $15,760
Oklahoma 8,370 $15,310 48
Arkansas 7,060 $14,950 49
Mississippi 14,580 $14,570 50
Guam 1,050 $14,480
Louisiana 22,160 $14,200 51