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: Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Hawaii 110 $53,130 1
New York 2,070 $48,760 2
Washington 390 $48,610 3
California 4,120 $47,130 4
Minnesota 1,540 $45,140 5
New Jersey 1,150 $45,060 6
Illinois 1,950 $43,850 7
Wisconsin 1,020 $42,530 8
Massachusetts 1,030 $42,030 9
Ohio 1,900 $41,950 10
Oregon 680 $41,080 11
Delaware 320 $40,160 12
Nevada 670 $39,500 13
Indiana 1,230 $38,160 14
Arizona 1,550 $38,130 15
Missouri 1,200 $37,860 16
Rhode Island 210 $37,850 17
Connecticut 820 $37,540 18
Michigan 2,070 $36,140 19
New Hampshire 110 $36,060 20
Colorado 1,240 $35,350 21
West Virginia 370 $35,290 22
Kentucky 990 $34,370 23
Montana 450 $34,130 24
Iowa 990 $34,070 25
Pennsylvania 2,580 $33,710 26
Wyoming 210 $33,240 27
South Dakota 360 $33,230 28
North Dakota 190 $32,860 29
Utah 340 $32,220 30
Maryland 1,540 $31,610 31
Virginia 1,940 $30,570 32
Idaho 360 $30,440 33
Vermont 150 $30,170 34
Tennessee 1,750 $29,910 35
Kansas 1,560 $29,790 36
Arkansas 980 $28,210 37
Oklahoma 1,500 $28,130 38
New Mexico 730 $27,750 39
Florida 4,080 $27,680 40
Maine 550 $27,420 41
Texas 6,010 $26,980 42
Alabama 1,730 $26,910 43
South Carolina 1,010 $26,420 44
Nebraska 690 $26,110 45
Louisiana 620 $26,080 46
North Carolina 2,100 $25,990 47
Georgia 2,800 $25,890 48
Mississippi 1,100 $25,060 49