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: Tapers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
New Jersey 410 $56,010 1
Hawaii 380 $55,550 2
Minnesota 680 $55,330 3
Illinois 2,080 $53,100 4
Connecticut 240 $50,240 5
Missouri 1,140 $49,890 6
California 10,660 $47,810 7
Nevada 1,850 $45,290 8
Wisconsin 810 $44,980 9
Washington 3,020 $43,060 10
Oregon 860 $43,030 11
Rhode Island 150 $41,800 12
Michigan 570 $41,640 13
Pennsylvania 900 $41,270 14
Kansas 260 $40,330 15
Iowa 330 $39,870 16
Utah 630 $39,550 17
Louisiana 120 $39,330 18
Indiana 410 $39,200 19
Oklahoma 140 $38,800 20
Maryland 310 $37,580 21
Kentucky 160 $37,370 22
Idaho 280 $37,320 23
Nebraska 170 $36,610 24
Tennessee 260 $34,720 25
New Mexico 380 $34,180 26
Ohio 1,230 $33,870 27
Colorado 1,180 $33,850 28
Florida 780 $33,770 29
North Carolina 270 $32,380 30
Virginia 330 $31,460 31
Arizona 5,610 $30,490 32
Mississippi 150 $28,450 33
Texas 840 $26,050 34