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: Helpers--carpenters

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Hawaii 440 $32,040 1
Massachusetts 1,330 $30,430 2
Connecticut 720 $29,970 3
Illinois 3,870 $28,670 4
Missouri 2,260 $28,390 5
Rhode Island 500 $28,200 6
Washington 1,900 $27,830 7
New Jersey 2,430 $26,650 8
New York 7,760 $26,620 9
California 7,850 $26,130 10
Colorado 920 $26,090 11
Vermont 600 $25,910 12
Maryland 2,580 $25,890 13
Nevada 3,830 $25,790 14
Wisconsin 1,230 $25,400 15
Wyoming 440 $25,120 16
Indiana 1,600 $24,540 17
Virginia 5,440 $24,530 18
Pennsylvania 4,510 $24,300 19
Delaware 430 $24,280 20
Minnesota 1,890 $24,020 21
Oregon 1,290 $23,770 22
New Hampshire 460 $23,720 23
Montana 1,190 $23,670 24
Arizona 4,040 $23,270 25
Georgia 2,230 $23,160 26
Arkansas 1,150 $23,110 27
Michigan 1,800 $22,990 28
Kansas 790 $22,830 29
Iowa 630 $22,680 30
Tennessee 1,250 $22,310 31
Texas 4,950 $22,280 32
Utah 2,830 $22,190 33
Florida 6,060 $22,020 34.5
Nebraska 960 $22,020 34.5
South Carolina 3,390 $21,950 36
Maine 530 $21,910 37
North Dakota 920 $21,850 38.5
Ohio 1,830 $21,850 38.5
Mississippi 820 $21,670 40
North Carolina 3,910 $21,570 41
Alabama 2,050 $21,250 42
Louisiana 2,670 $20,670 43
Oklahoma 600 $20,520 44
West Virginia 1,640 $20,200 45
New Mexico 1,610 $19,960 46
South Dakota 550 $19,490 47
Kentucky 940 $18,750 48
Puerto Rico 3,780 $13,760