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 workers and plastic workers, all other

Click on state name to filter.
State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
New York 1,060 $51,030 1
Indiana 2,270 $48,980 2
Michigan 6,330 $48,410 3
Wisconsin 2,240 $46,390 4
Missouri 460 $45,730 5
Texas 1,280 $44,690 6
Washington 1,390 $42,590 7
Louisiana 1,250 $41,220 8
Kentucky 1,170 $38,750 9
Maryland 400 $37,050 10
North Carolina 260 $37,030 11
Pennsylvania 1,460 $37,000 12
Ohio 6,590 $35,800 13
Virginia 610 $35,210 14
Massachusetts 390 $34,430 15
Georgia 360 $33,880 16
Oregon 650 $33,410 17
Colorado 590 $32,820 18
Connecticut 350 $31,980 19
Florida 1,630 $31,200 20
California 2,550 $31,030 21
Arizona 120 $29,920 22
New Hampshire 1,350 $29,170 23
Minnesota 930 $28,400 24
Rhode Island 300 $28,330 25
Illinois 4,430 $27,900 26
Kansas 340 $27,470 27
Utah 270 $27,450 28
New Jersey 620 $27,410 29
South Carolina 320 $27,250 30
Tennessee 530 $26,610 31
Iowa 1,430 $26,310 32
Nebraska 250 $21,690 33
Puerto Rico 180 $17,610