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: Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Illinois 10,190 $60,190 1
Hawaii 2,150 $59,090 2
New York 14,230 $57,110 3
Alaska 2,700 $56,830 4
California 31,600 $56,250 5.5
New Jersey 6,610 $56,250 5.5
Massachusetts 5,010 $54,510 7
Rhode Island 820 $54,230 8
Connecticut 3,140 $51,270 9
Washington 10,020 $50,390 10
Minnesota 9,960 $48,160 11
Nevada 5,440 $48,030 12
Wisconsin 8,460 $45,690 13
Michigan 8,090 $45,170 14
Ohio 12,050 $44,450 15
Indiana 10,520 $43,880 16
District of Columbia 490 $43,070 17
Pennsylvania 15,570 $42,920 18
Oregon 3,740 $42,720 19
Missouri 9,080 $42,320 20
Maryland 6,950 $41,170 21
Delaware 1,520 $40,580 22
Colorado 9,110 $40,450 23
New Hampshire 1,320 $39,700 24
Montana 2,160 $39,500 25
Arizona 12,070 $39,370 26
Wyoming 3,750 $39,050 27
North Dakota 2,200 $38,880 28
Iowa 4,900 $37,780 29
Idaho 2,110 $36,150 30
Utah 4,220 $36,060 31
Kentucky 8,860 $35,310 32
New Mexico 3,190 $33,890 33
Virginia 11,650 $33,830 34
Vermont 1,540 $33,440 35
Kansas 6,640 $33,350 36
West Virginia 7,320 $33,080 37
Nebraska 3,200 $32,970 38
Virgin Islands 100 $32,370
Louisiana 7,960 $32,060 39
Maine 1,970 $31,930 40
South Dakota 1,790 $31,570 41
Florida 23,190 $31,510 42
Alabama 7,820 $30,990 43
Georgia 13,350 $30,970 44
North Carolina 12,930 $30,850 45
Tennessee 7,830 $30,780 46
Oklahoma 5,150 $30,140 47
South Carolina 6,270 $29,640 48
Texas 33,900 $29,410 49
Arkansas 3,440 $28,620 50
Mississippi 4,960 $27,620 51
Guam 150 $25,840
Puerto Rico 3,920 $19,910