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: Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Michigan 5,190 $44,180 1
Alabama 2,670 $42,200 2
Colorado 410 $41,850 3
New York 1,400 $41,750 4
Washington 170 $41,550 5
Massachusetts 710 $38,570 6
Louisiana 800 $35,870 7
Illinois 1,840 $34,580 8
Minnesota 550 $34,430 9
Connecticut 440 $34,290 10
Virginia 1,410 $33,430 11
Arizona 400 $32,250 12
Wisconsin 2,370 $32,170 13
Ohio 3,890 $32,120 14
South Carolina 1,300 $32,090 15
Maryland 350 $31,990 16
New Jersey 520 $31,750 17
Iowa 1,460 $31,560 18
Pennsylvania 1,420 $31,530 19
Oklahoma 710 $31,150 20
New Hampshire 500 $30,570 21
Mississippi 370 $30,440 22
Oregon 360 $30,370 23
Indiana 2,110 $30,280 24
California 2,260 $30,030 25
Kentucky 1,970 $29,820 26
North Carolina 1,400 $29,560 27
Utah 340 $29,230 28
Nebraska 240 $29,020 29
Georgia 1,110 $28,740 30
South Dakota 350 $28,650 31
Kansas 410 $28,280 32
Arkansas 780 $28,200 33
Idaho 250 $28,170 34
Florida 1,090 $27,250 35
Tennessee 1,890 $27,150 36
Missouri 1,090 $26,810 37
Texas 2,510 $26,520 38
Rhode Island 220 $26,220 39
Puerto Rico 140 $16,560