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: Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Oregon 150 $41,280 1
Massachusetts 460 $38,690 2
Colorado 150 $35,890 3
Ohio 2,510 $34,510 4
Maryland 260 $32,240 5
Wisconsin 950 $32,070 6
Illinois 3,320 $31,780 7
Washington 230 $31,670 8.5
Missouri 500 $31,670 8.5
Pennsylvania 1,930 $31,410 10
California 2,120 $31,050 11
Minnesota 340 $30,960 12
Connecticut 260 $30,850 13
Michigan 3,280 $30,750 14
Indiana 1,180 $30,190 15
South Carolina 680 $29,810 16
Tennessee 1,690 $29,190 17
Nevada 100 $29,170 18
North Carolina 1,100 $28,910 19
Iowa 350 $28,810 20
Utah 300 $28,300 21
Nebraska 510 $28,160 22
Alabama 660 $28,120 23
Mississippi 220 $28,070 24
Kansas 360 $27,740 25
Arkansas 180 $27,190 26
Virginia 320 $27,000 27
Arizona 180 $26,390 28.5
Georgia 510 $26,390 28.5
New Jersey 580 $26,370 30
Louisiana 120 $26,190 31
Texas 2,830 $25,150 32
Florida 250 $23,560 33
Oklahoma 510 $22,100 34