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: Chemical plant and system operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Louisiana 5,640 $55,230 1
Wyoming 180 $54,830 2
Texas 11,590 $54,820 3
West Virginia 1,130 $53,910 4
Connecticut 200 $53,180 5
Washington 330 $53,120 6
California 1,400 $52,940 7
Alabama 930 $49,600 8
New Jersey 1,320 $49,490 9
Kentucky 1,720 $48,510 10
Virginia 1,050 $46,970 11
Pennsylvania 3,290 $46,150 12
Ohio 1,800 $46,000 13
Kansas 630 $45,960 14
Maryland 460 $45,730 15
Georgia 1,360 $45,280 16
Arkansas 1,050 $45,220 17
Massachusetts 380 $44,650 18
Iowa 990 $44,470 19
Illinois 1,690 $44,150 20
Idaho 120 $43,880 21
Tennessee 2,100 $43,840 22
Florida 1,010 $43,420 23
Mississippi 840 $42,600 24
Wisconsin 290 $42,450 25
South Carolina 1,630 $42,430 26
Minnesota 190 $41,640 27
Indiana 1,380 $41,630 28
Colorado 330 $41,220 29.5
Oklahoma 150 $41,220 29.5
North Carolina 2,150 $39,880 31
Arizona 100 $35,100 32
Puerto Rico 640 $32,930