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: Ophthalmic laboratory technicians

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Colorado 340 $33,640 1
Connecticut 420 $33,620 2
Michigan 750 $33,060 3
Washington 470 $31,850 4
Arizona 700 $31,470 5
California 2,140 $29,820 6
Massachusetts 900 $29,730 7
Illinois 900 $29,270 8.5
New York 2,740 $29,270 8.5
New Jersey 650 $28,950 10
Missouri 530 $28,850 11
New Mexico 290 $28,820 12
Minnesota 880 $28,490 13
Wisconsin 770 $28,000 14
Texas 3,370 $27,610 15
Oregon 250 $27,310 16
Kansas 310 $27,270 17
Maine 110 $27,020 18
Florida 1,980 $26,850 19
Virginia 360 $26,690 20
Arkansas 140 $26,450 21
Hawaii 100 $26,290 22
Pennsylvania 1,730 $26,210 23
Kentucky 260 $25,640 24
Montana 100 $25,500 25
Mississippi 440 $25,400 26
Alabama 360 $25,380 27
Ohio 720 $25,300 28
Nebraska 290 $25,170 29
North Carolina 460 $24,960 30
Indiana 500 $24,810 31
Georgia 790 $24,730 32
Nevada 180 $24,420 33
Rhode Island 140 $24,280 34
South Carolina 240 $24,180 35
Iowa 480 $24,130 36
New Hampshire 190 $24,120 37
Tennessee 890 $23,940 38
Oklahoma 530 $23,520 39
Louisiana 260 $22,920 40
Puerto Rico 700 $19,580