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: Industrial machinery mechanics

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 480 $57,550 1
District of Columbia 110 $53,640 2
Michigan 8,920 $51,300 3
Washington 5,770 $50,150 4
Nevada 1,210 $49,180 5.5
Delaware 570 $49,180 5.5
Hawaii 570 $47,530 7
California 13,580 $47,190 8
Indiana 9,940 $46,670 9
Virgin Islands 290 $46,020
Ohio 10,890 $45,760 10
New Jersey 6,320 $45,500 11
Montana 600 $45,240 12
Arizona 2,610 $45,170 13
Illinois 9,470 $45,150 14
Connecticut 1,870 $45,050 15
Massachusetts 3,520 $44,950 16
Wyoming 1,360 $44,620 17
Minnesota 7,150 $44,170 18
Oregon 4,670 $44,090 19
New York 9,440 $43,930 20
Maryland 2,480 $43,910 21
Wisconsin 7,650 $43,530 22
Colorado 2,870 $43,320 23
Utah 2,660 $42,540 24
Virginia 6,970 $42,440 25
North Dakota 750 $42,400 26
New Hampshire 1,180 $42,120 27
Missouri 6,120 $42,030 28
Mississippi 1,850 $41,730 29
Louisiana 6,040 $41,700 30
Idaho 1,780 $41,660 31
Rhode Island 480 $41,030 32
Pennsylvania 14,330 $40,900 33
Florida 6,510 $40,550 34
Oklahoma 3,490 $40,480 35
Kentucky 7,490 $40,200 36
West Virginia 3,530 $39,980 37
South Carolina 6,110 $39,890 38
Texas 22,920 $39,630 39
Maine 950 $39,080 40
Georgia 10,310 $38,840 41
New Mexico 1,150 $38,780 42
Kansas 3,170 $38,660 43
Alabama 5,840 $37,740 44
North Carolina 8,830 $37,730 45
Nebraska 1,710 $37,460 46
Iowa 3,680 $37,360 47
Vermont 430 $37,210 48
Tennessee 5,910 $36,660 49
Arkansas 3,710 $36,020 50
South Dakota 850 $35,410 51
Puerto Rico 3,320 $30,210