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).

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Occupation Selected: Machinists

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 200 $50,940 1
Hawaii 380 $48,770 2
Delaware 580 $45,260 3
Washington 5,500 $42,700 4
New Mexico 1,460 $41,240 5
Massachusetts 8,000 $40,560 6
Michigan 25,430 $40,100 7
Oregon 3,360 $39,720 8
Minnesota 8,440 $39,530 9
Wyoming 450 $39,470 10
Maryland 3,660 $39,450 11
New Jersey 6,860 $39,410 12
Maine 1,770 $39,270 13
Rhode Island 1,440 $39,050 14
Nevada 830 $38,650 15
California 31,460 $38,200 16
Colorado 3,950 $38,070 17
New Hampshire 2,430 $37,680 18
Connecticut 8,680 $37,360 19
Indiana 15,200 $37,350 20
Utah 3,650 $37,080 21
New York 14,160 $36,710 22
Wisconsin 13,860 $36,700 23
Arizona 4,120 $36,580 24
Louisiana 5,560 $36,480 25
Vermont 920 $36,460 26
Virginia 7,170 $36,120 27
Illinois 28,940 $35,630 28
North Dakota 440 $34,810 29
Pennsylvania 20,170 $34,800 30
Ohio 28,840 $34,620 31
Tennessee 11,410 $33,650 32
Alabama 7,130 $33,300 33
West Virginia 2,180 $33,270 34
Florida 9,090 $33,120 35
Idaho 1,050 $32,980 36
Iowa 5,200 $32,890 37
Missouri 8,000 $32,860 38
South Carolina 7,530 $32,650 39
Nebraska 1,890 $32,600 40
Oklahoma 6,650 $32,500 41
North Carolina 12,290 $32,460 42.5
Texas 30,740 $32,460 42.5
Georgia 7,900 $32,430 44
Montana 670 $32,110 45
Kentucky 5,480 $31,950 46
Arkansas 3,770 $31,610 47
Kansas 4,060 $31,490 48
Mississippi 1,870 $30,500 49
South Dakota 820 $28,790 50
Puerto Rico 290 $23,710