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: Telephone operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Indiana 480 $40,060 1
New York 2,030 $39,770 2
Illinois 1,220 $38,700 3
Rhode Island 120 $37,180 4
New Jersey 980 $36,990 5
Virginia 830 $35,010 6
Oklahoma 180 $34,710 7
California 3,070 $34,420 8
Minnesota 210 $33,650 9
Texas 2,020 $32,770 10
Pennsylvania 2,380 $32,310 11
Alabama 710 $31,240 12
Missouri 780 $30,900 13
Utah 190 $30,630 14
Arizona 200 $29,760 15
Maryland 500 $29,460 16
Florida 2,300 $26,240 17
Georgia 820 $26,140 18
Louisiana 260 $23,140 19
South Carolina 500 $21,770 20
Tennessee 170 $21,710 21