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 preparation and serving related workers, all other

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Florida 3,360 $24,640 1
New York 250 $21,770 2
Pennsylvania 1,160 $21,470 3
Texas 8,240 $21,280 4
Maryland 1,060 $21,190 5
Nevada 3,300 $20,860 6
Rhode Island 100 $20,560 7
New Hampshire 120 $20,550 8
New Jersey 1,150 $20,500 9.5
Washington 690 $20,500 9.5
Wisconsin 450 $19,980 11
Connecticut 640 $19,910 12
Kentucky 250 $19,440 13
Virginia 680 $19,420 14
Idaho 760 $18,900 15
Tennessee 680 $18,470 16
Illinois 7,270 $18,420 17
Minnesota 1,340 $18,380 18
Michigan 5,350 $18,000 19
North Carolina 240 $17,970 20
Iowa 840 $17,810 21
West Virginia 160 $17,580 22
California 5,820 $17,510 23
Ohio 2,430 $17,320 24
Arizona 100 $17,100 25
Indiana 340 $16,660 26
Georgia 2,250 $16,220 27
Louisiana 780 $15,680 28
Puerto Rico 510 $15,160
New Mexico 290 $14,800 29