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 equipment operators and tenders

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
South Carolina 3,530 $53,910 1
Texas 5,140 $50,340 2
Kentucky 1,040 $48,870 3
Louisiana 2,080 $46,430 4
California 1,280 $42,950 5
Delaware 460 $42,770 6
Alabama 1,110 $42,520 7
Michigan 950 $42,340 8
New York 1,210 $41,990 9
Virginia 680 $41,520 10
Mississippi 430 $41,250 11
North Carolina 1,530 $40,920 12
Oklahoma 580 $40,650 13
Washington 560 $40,590 14
Pennsylvania 3,360 $40,510 15
New Jersey 2,780 $40,350 16
Massachusetts 810 $40,150 17
Missouri 540 $39,490 18
Florida 1,080 $38,940 19
Tennessee 1,930 $38,780 20
Connecticut 640 $37,860 21
Maine 170 $37,110 22
Illinois 3,990 $37,090 23
Maryland 890 $37,020 24
Wisconsin 1,500 $36,370 25
New Hampshire 150 $36,250 26
Utah 290 $35,980 27
Georgia 1,190 $35,390 28
Iowa 690 $35,160 29
Ohio 3,220 $34,530 30
Puerto Rico 1,020 $34,210
Minnesota 380 $32,850 31
Nebraska 360 $29,990 32
South Dakota 120 $29,090 33