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: Bartenders

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Hawaii 3,250 $28,230 1
Washington 12,570 $24,780 2
District of Columbia 2,050 $24,490 3
New Jersey 15,000 $23,890 4
Massachusetts 17,420 $23,050 5
New York 27,330 $22,640 6
Alaska 1,820 $22,540 7
Nevada 12,050 $20,990 8
Connecticut 6,650 $20,360 9
Oregon 7,280 $20,340 10
Vermont 1,530 $20,060 11
Virginia 6,620 $19,770 12
Utah 1,890 $19,580 13.5
Minnesota 15,370 $19,580 13.5
Florida 29,670 $19,120 15
Maine 2,370 $19,080 16
California 43,990 $18,980 17
New Hampshire 3,000 $18,770 18
Rhode Island 3,070 $18,740 19
Delaware 1,510 $18,690 20
Maryland 9,090 $18,290 21
Arizona 8,600 $18,160 22
Illinois 25,540 $18,090 23
Missouri 9,890 $17,910 24
North Carolina 8,840 $17,730 25
Wisconsin 23,170 $17,710 26
Colorado 9,410 $17,400 27
Michigan 16,220 $17,210 28
Indiana 10,360 $16,680 29
Georgia 7,080 $16,600 30
Kansas 3,880 $16,400 31
Iowa 7,140 $16,300 32
Arkansas 1,430 $16,280 33
South Carolina 4,860 $16,270 34
Pennsylvania 30,440 $16,150 35
Virgin Islands 390 $16,130
Tennessee 5,450 $16,050 36
North Dakota 2,610 $15,940 37
Montana 4,420 $15,900 38
Nebraska 4,450 $15,820 39
South Dakota 2,330 $15,650 40
Texas 23,300 $15,500 41
Guam 280 $15,460
Alabama 3,100 $15,440 42
Mississippi 1,950 $15,400 43.5
Idaho 2,450 $15,400 43.5
New Mexico 2,350 $15,350 45
Oklahoma 2,630 $15,290 46
Kentucky 4,540 $15,230 47
Wyoming 1,620 $15,220 48
Ohio 24,620 $15,160 49
Louisiana 5,950 $14,930 50
West Virginia 2,950 $14,900 51
Puerto Rico 1,540 $14,380