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: Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Hawaii 4,540 $22,200 1
District of Columbia 2,610 $20,750 2
Massachusetts 8,410 $20,150 3
Alaska 440 $19,280 4
Connecticut 4,160 $18,850 5
New York 19,000 $18,830 6
Washington 8,350 $18,520 7
Vermont 590 $18,460 8
Oregon 4,410 $18,020 9
Nevada 14,720 $17,970 10
Rhode Island 1,680 $17,700 11
Delaware 1,350 $17,210 12
Maryland 9,410 $17,100 13
Illinois 19,420 $17,080 14
California 62,620 $17,050 15
New Jersey 10,560 $16,980 16
Minnesota 4,780 $16,750 17
Maine 1,080 $16,700 18
Michigan 12,070 $16,580 19
Georgia 7,770 $16,360 20
Colorado 7,200 $16,050 21
New Hampshire 1,460 $15,870 22
Florida 26,950 $15,750 23
Wyoming 850 $15,740 24
Virgin Islands 130 $15,690
Iowa 3,190 $15,680 25
South Carolina 4,670 $15,630 26
Virginia 14,980 $15,400 27
South Dakota 2,450 $15,360 29
Pennsylvania 15,000 $15,360 29
Wisconsin 8,060 $15,360 29
North Carolina 8,970 $15,340 31
Missouri 7,230 $15,230 32
Utah 3,390 $15,220 33
Nebraska 2,360 $15,050 34
Tennessee 4,650 $15,020 35
Kentucky 3,370 $14,960 36
North Dakota 740 $14,890 37
Mississippi 2,220 $14,810 38
Arizona 12,240 $14,800 39
Louisiana 3,550 $14,720 40
Indiana 8,250 $14,700 41
Alabama 2,830 $14,690 42
Kansas 2,610 $14,560 43.5
Ohio 13,890 $14,560 43.5
Idaho 1,830 $14,550 45
Arkansas 1,720 $14,190 46
New Mexico 3,030 $14,140 47
Texas 31,060 $14,060 48
Montana 1,120 $13,960 49
Oklahoma 2,740 $13,920 50
West Virginia 1,200 $13,830 51
Guam 130 $13,460
Puerto Rico 1,100 $13,100