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: Sewing machine operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Connecticut 1,040 $26,160 1
Alaska 110 $25,240 2
New Hampshire 590 $24,460 3
Minnesota 2,260 $23,800 4
Maine 950 $23,370 5
Massachusetts 3,790 $23,300 6
Wisconsin 2,860 $23,090 7
New Jersey 6,090 $23,010 8
Ohio 4,790 $22,970 9
Rhode Island 310 $22,960 10
Washington 2,240 $22,920 11
Michigan 2,220 $22,870 12
Maryland 1,710 $22,420 13
Delaware 200 $22,310 14
Oregon 1,630 $22,080 15
Colorado 2,510 $22,040 16
Indiana 4,380 $22,020 17
North Carolina 13,380 $22,000 18
Vermont 350 $21,960 19
Nevada 440 $21,930 20
Arizona 1,540 $21,040 21
South Carolina 4,380 $20,940 22
North Dakota 170 $20,890 23
New York 19,530 $20,820 24
Mississippi 7,680 $20,660 25
Florida 7,570 $20,610 26
Iowa 1,450 $20,570 27
Georgia 9,000 $20,360 28
Pennsylvania 8,300 $20,350 29
Missouri 4,620 $20,050 30
Nebraska 630 $20,030 31
Illinois 5,900 $20,000 32
Virginia 3,560 $19,690 33
Tennessee 8,320 $19,660 34
Kansas 1,310 $19,430 35
Oklahoma 1,400 $19,370 36
Idaho 390 $19,330 37
California 49,510 $19,090 38
South Dakota 280 $19,020 39
Kentucky 5,920 $18,730 40
Texas 10,300 $18,460 41.5
Utah 1,350 $18,460 41.5
Alabama 9,120 $18,390 43
West Virginia 510 $18,180 44
Arkansas 2,220 $17,480 45
Louisiana 1,090 $17,430 46
Montana 260 $17,410 47
Hawaii 720 $17,210 48
Puerto Rico 7,310 $12,830