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: Waiters and waitresses

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Washington 45,260 $24,240 1
Hawaii 16,120 $23,310 2
Massachusetts 53,350 $22,950 3
New York 129,540 $22,510 4
New Jersey 54,780 $21,460 5
District of Columbia 9,150 $21,000 6
Vermont 5,330 $20,440 7
Oregon 27,570 $20,210 8
Connecticut 25,880 $19,910 9
Maine 10,750 $19,640 10
Minnesota 49,210 $19,450 11
Alaska 3,650 $19,060 12
Rhode Island 10,900 $18,620 13
Florida 203,760 $18,430 14
California 231,130 $18,030 15
Utah 16,570 $17,910 16
New Hampshire 11,760 $17,680 17
Nevada 38,360 $17,610 18
Delaware 8,030 $17,600 19
Illinois 79,320 $17,530 20
Colorado 45,900 $17,040 21
Maryland 41,070 $16,900 22
Arizona 46,800 $16,710 23
Virginia 58,240 $16,630 24
Wisconsin 47,380 $16,210 25
Michigan 77,320 $15,560 26.5
Missouri 55,110 $15,560 26.5
North Carolina 68,410 $15,510 28
Pennsylvania 96,030 $15,260 29
Montana 9,990 $15,040 30
Indiana 50,040 $14,990 31.5
Idaho 10,580 $14,990 31.5
Tennessee 49,750 $14,900 33
Nebraska 15,640 $14,870 34
Louisiana 29,580 $14,860 35.5
Georgia 66,570 $14,860 35.5
Kansas 23,250 $14,810 37
Ohio 96,800 $14,720 38
New Mexico 14,800 $14,700 39
Iowa 24,970 $14,690 40
South Carolina 38,440 $14,680 41
North Dakota 7,160 $14,630 42
Texas 165,380 $14,620 43.5
Wyoming 5,530 $14,620 43.5
West Virginia 12,280 $14,580 45
Oklahoma 27,340 $14,530 46
Virgin Islands 840 $14,490
Arkansas 17,360 $14,350 47
Mississippi 15,750 $14,200 48
Kentucky 28,880 $14,150 49
South Dakota 7,860 $14,060 50
Guam 1,500 $13,840
Puerto Rico 9,390 $13,790
Alabama 28,310 $13,780 51