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: Plant and system operators, all other

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
California 2,570 $58,150 1
Washington 310 $54,900 2
Maryland 340 $51,450 3
Wisconsin 180 $51,110 4
New Hampshire 150 $50,800 5
Michigan 1,390 $49,420 6
Missouri 100 $49,110 7
New Jersey 130 $48,620 8
Virginia 220 $46,780 9
Hawaii 100 $46,330 10
Georgia 190 $46,140 11
New York 350 $45,810 12
Iowa 220 $45,160 13
Nevada 120 $44,210 14
Kentucky 140 $43,890 15
Colorado 270 $43,820 16
Arizona 140 $43,800 17
Alabama 270 $43,550 18
Minnesota 380 $43,540 19
Tennessee 120 $42,040 20
Pennsylvania 450 $41,330 21
Kansas 130 $41,250 22
Wyoming 140 $40,730 23
Utah 130 $40,330 24
Indiana 390 $40,080 25
Texas 540 $40,040 26
Florida 810 $39,750 27
Illinois 510 $39,740 28
Louisiana 720 $38,350 29
Ohio 330 $37,270 30
South Carolina 110 $37,080 31
Maine 100 $34,650 32
Arkansas 140 $30,320 33
Puerto Rico 250 $27,690