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: Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Alaska 740 $51,380 1
Hawaii 670 $47,530 2
Nevada 1,600 $40,320 3
Washington 7,130 $40,050 4
New Hampshire 1,000 $39,570 5
Connecticut 2,470 $39,450 6
Michigan 12,400 $38,820 7
Wyoming 1,990 $38,040 8
New Jersey 4,120 $37,890 9
Massachusetts 3,990 $37,060 10
Delaware 720 $36,320 11
Virgin Islands 110 $35,820
Maryland 2,630 $35,810 12
Louisiana 14,950 $35,600 13
Minnesota 9,180 $35,410 14
New York 9,860 $35,210 15
Maine 1,260 $35,170 16
Rhode Island 1,200 $35,040 17
Virginia 7,830 $34,580 18
Colorado 3,810 $34,330 19
Wisconsin 11,970 $33,930 20
Pennsylvania 16,890 $33,640 21.5
California 28,800 $33,640 21.5
North Dakota 1,690 $33,410 23
Ohio 16,850 $33,350 24
Indiana 14,050 $33,120 25
Illinois 16,110 $32,890 26
Oregon 5,130 $32,650 27
New Mexico 1,920 $32,130 28
South Carolina 6,240 $32,110 29
Utah 4,260 $31,900 30
North Carolina 9,360 $31,740 31
Idaho 1,450 $31,490 32
West Virginia 3,050 $31,100 33
Arizona 5,010 $31,060 34
Florida 13,800 $31,050 35.5
Missouri 9,910 $31,050 35.5
Vermont 390 $30,960 37
Tennessee 9,310 $30,840 38
Mississippi 5,710 $30,800 39
Kentucky 6,710 $30,640 40
Texas 44,560 $30,530 41
Iowa 8,890 $30,440 42
Alabama 8,320 $30,360 43
Georgia 11,110 $29,900 44
Oklahoma 8,740 $29,740 45
Guam 140 $29,460
Nebraska 3,890 $29,320 46
Kansas 5,700 $28,720 47
Arkansas 6,030 $27,510 48
South Dakota 2,250 $26,800 49
Puerto Rico 2,090 $19,550