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: Power plant operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Washington 510 $74,220 1
New York 2,450 $65,060 2
South Carolina 1,360 $63,780 3
California 2,760 $63,660 4
New Jersey 840 $61,810 5
Delaware 180 $61,430 6
Nevada 300 $61,070 7
Idaho 220 $60,800 8
North Dakota 140 $59,660 9
Connecticut 120 $58,970 10
Minnesota 560 $58,220 11
Hawaii 190 $57,730 12
Florida 1,570 $57,250 13
Indiana 1,530 $56,200 14
Wyoming 270 $55,230 15
Arkansas 240 $55,080 16
Oklahoma 490 $54,910 17
Maryland 370 $54,670 18
Ohio 1,240 $54,410 19
Texas 1,950 $53,890 20
West Virginia 390 $53,580 21
Illinois 840 $53,470 22
Michigan 1,590 $52,990 23
Pennsylvania 1,510 $52,860 24
Maine 340 $52,590 25
Arizona 420 $52,310 26
Mississippi 320 $51,790 27
Utah 300 $51,690 28
Alabama 910 $51,280 29
Colorado 600 $51,070 30
Kentucky 550 $51,040 31
North Carolina 770 $50,760 32
Missouri 800 $49,310 33
New Hampshire 150 $49,130 34
Nebraska 310 $48,640 35
Iowa 590 $47,830 36
Virginia 730 $45,180 37
Louisiana 350 $45,080 38
Kansas 550 $43,890 39
Tennessee 530 $38,430 40
Vermont 100 $37,630 41