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: Painters, transportation equipment

Click on state name to filter.
State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Michigan 1,750 $49,890 1
Washington 1,480 $47,270 2
Colorado 650 $43,850 3
Illinois 2,180 $41,830 4
Nevada 280 $41,700 5
Maryland 850 $41,530 6
Minnesota 890 $41,480 7
Tennessee 2,060 $41,200 8
California 6,830 $41,150 9
North Carolina 1,420 $40,630 10
Wisconsin 1,090 $40,450 11
Ohio 1,460 $40,430 12
Virginia 1,750 $40,100 13
Oregon 990 $39,360 14
Georgia 1,610 $39,280 15
Massachusetts 470 $39,200 16
New Jersey 1,110 $38,860 17
Missouri 1,210 $37,850 18
Utah 220 $37,610 19
Pennsylvania 2,030 $36,620 20
Kansas 730 $36,470 21
Texas 4,490 $35,940 22
Arizona 1,120 $35,740 23
Indiana 1,880 $35,030 24
New Hampshire 130 $34,940 25
Connecticut 510 $34,850 26
Nebraska 240 $34,740 27
Louisiana 610 $34,530 28
Hawaii 170 $34,220 29
Florida 3,110 $34,190 30
Rhode Island 280 $33,590 31
South Carolina 870 $33,520 32
Alabama 940 $33,400 33
Idaho 200 $33,380 34
New York 1,020 $33,170 35
Mississippi 1,150 $32,590 36
Oklahoma 690 $32,150 37
Iowa 590 $30,720 38
West Virginia 160 $30,710 39
Arkansas 600 $30,620 40
Maine 310 $30,260 41
South Dakota 120 $27,170 42