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: Food servers, nonrestaurant

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
District of Columbia 1,030 $27,910 1
New York 10,080 $27,050 2
Hawaii 870 $24,380 3
Connecticut 2,330 $24,250 4
California 18,410 $22,640 5
Massachusetts 6,100 $21,840 6
Washington 1,990 $21,520 7
Vermont 460 $21,390 8
Minnesota 5,610 $21,030 9
Michigan 8,640 $20,780 10
Delaware 1,020 $20,590 11
New Jersey 11,080 $20,580 12
Georgia 3,120 $20,250 13
Wisconsin 5,550 $20,240 14
Maryland 3,620 $20,090 15
Colorado 4,260 $19,960 16
New Hampshire 1,300 $19,910 17
Rhode Island 710 $19,530 18
Nevada 1,770 $19,490 19
Illinois 7,760 $19,370 20
Pennsylvania 7,950 $19,310 21
Oregon 3,030 $18,760 22
South Dakota 150 $18,750 23
Tennessee 2,320 $18,740 24
Ohio 7,840 $18,550 25
Virginia 4,090 $18,520 26
North Carolina 3,610 $18,500 27.5
North Dakota 550 $18,500 27.5
Florida 12,850 $18,460 29
West Virginia 770 $18,250 30
Arizona 3,660 $18,160 31
Indiana 3,050 $18,040 32
Iowa 2,280 $18,030 33
Utah 950 $17,850 34
Maine 850 $17,650 35
Wyoming 130 $17,460 36
Nebraska 1,290 $17,150 37
Montana 450 $17,120 38
Virgin Islands 130 $16,770
Missouri 3,190 $16,700 39
South Carolina 3,660 $16,560 40
Idaho 350 $16,030 41
Alabama 1,860 $15,940 42
Louisiana 1,940 $15,880 43
Texas 8,590 $15,840 44
Kentucky 1,930 $15,740 45
Oklahoma 2,470 $14,830 46
Kansas 1,990 $14,780 47
New Mexico 1,500 $14,730 48
Puerto Rico 660 $14,490
Arkansas 2,280 $14,090 49
Mississippi 2,350 $13,920 50