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).

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Occupation Selected: Boilermakers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Maryland 250 $57,010 1
Oregon 150 $56,530 2
California 710 $54,860 3
Illinois 990 $54,850 4
Connecticut 130 $54,280 5
New Jersey 360 $53,570 6
Missouri 810 $53,250 7
Minnesota 200 $52,390 8
Michigan 630 $52,140 9
Kentucky 400 $51,900 10
Tennessee 300 $49,740 11
Massachusetts 180 $49,350 12
Indiana 1,260 $49,170 13
Pennsylvania 740 $48,400 14
North Carolina 150 $46,580 15
Georgia 770 $45,490 16
Washington 310 $44,690 17
Iowa 210 $43,790 18
Texas 2,470 $43,720 19
Ohio 590 $43,610 20
New Mexico 270 $42,670 21.5
Nebraska 200 $42,670 21.5
Arizona 290 $42,600 23
Louisiana 740 $41,770 24
Florida 410 $41,380 25
Alabama 260 $40,590 26
Virginia 540 $39,800 27
Mississippi 200 $38,660 28
Oklahoma 220 $38,000 29
Puerto Rico 160 $31,340