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: Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Nevada 110 $48,790 1
Arizona 240 $39,940 2
Indiana 1,650 $38,490 3
North Carolina 200 $37,820 4
New York 780 $37,750 5
Arkansas 310 $37,360 6
Massachusetts 130 $37,220 7
Michigan 930 $36,230 8
Washington 450 $35,920 9
Kentucky 320 $35,840 10
West Virginia 400 $35,050 11
Wisconsin 630 $33,980 12
Pennsylvania 2,640 $33,880 13
South Carolina 260 $33,870 14
Utah 710 $33,600 15
Iowa 370 $33,400 16
Oklahoma 130 $33,370 17
Minnesota 230 $33,300 18
Ohio 1,500 $33,050 19
Tennessee 490 $31,900 20
Virginia 230 $31,090 21
New Jersey 270 $30,290 22
Illinois 1,170 $29,840 23
Georgia 230 $29,770 24
Alabama 670 $29,590 25
Kansas 120 $28,570 26
California 400 $27,770 27
Louisiana 210 $27,290 28
Florida 130 $27,200 29
Texas 990 $26,240 30