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: Food cooking machine operators and tenders

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Connecticut 210 $27,400 1
South Carolina 520 $26,950 2
New Jersey 330 $26,870 3
Utah 430 $26,620 4
Wisconsin 1,520 $26,210 5
Washington 620 $26,140 6
Massachusetts 520 $26,050 7
Minnesota 650 $26,010 8
Iowa 900 $25,960 9
Michigan 940 $25,640 10
Ohio 2,090 $25,570 11
Idaho 750 $25,430 12
South Dakota 180 $24,970 13
Illinois 3,670 $24,710 14
Nebraska 540 $24,470 15
Oregon 680 $24,110 16
Virginia 1,060 $24,000 17
California 4,220 $23,840 18
Kentucky 500 $23,320 19
Pennsylvania 2,200 $23,110 20
Arizona 580 $22,990 21
New York 1,800 $22,950 22
New Hampshire 150 $22,900 23
Colorado 470 $22,800 24
Kansas 370 $22,430 25
Tennessee 470 $22,130 26
New Mexico 300 $21,800 27
North Carolina 560 $21,710 28
Alabama 1,180 $21,630 29
Arkansas 760 $20,970 30
Hawaii 140 $20,630 31
Indiana 1,070 $20,570 32
Nevada 170 $20,390 33
Missouri 1,000 $20,230 34
Texas 2,960 $20,050 35
Maryland 350 $18,800 36
Mississippi 700 $18,780 37
Delaware 100 $18,740 38
Louisiana 440 $18,700 39
Oklahoma 480 $17,540 40
Georgia 1,690 $17,140 41