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: Painting, coating, and decorating workers

Click on state name to filter.
State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
Washington 820 $40,120 1
Massachusetts 650 $31,250 2
Nevada 200 $30,490 3
Connecticut 210 $29,330 4
Idaho 100 $28,340 5
Maryland 340 $26,710 6
Pennsylvania 1,250 $26,670 7
Oregon 550 $26,430 8
Rhode Island 110 $26,390 9
Colorado 680 $26,190 10
Iowa 290 $25,900 11
Michigan 1,040 $25,860 12
New York 1,670 $25,720 13
New Jersey 820 $25,540 14
Minnesota 630 $25,140 15
Montana 100 $25,030 16
Arizona 570 $24,700 17
Georgia 710 $24,620 18
Wisconsin 790 $24,200 19
Alabama 490 $23,820 20
California 2,270 $23,650 21.5
South Carolina 400 $23,650 21.5
Louisiana 620 $23,640 23
Florida 1,180 $23,610 24
Virginia 1,120 $23,290 25
Utah 350 $23,180 26
Oklahoma 440 $23,130 27
North Carolina 1,150 $23,010 28
Texas 2,080 $22,910 29
Indiana 850 $22,770 30
Kentucky 600 $22,690 31
Tennessee 730 $22,600 32
Ohio 950 $22,490 33
West Virginia 180 $22,140 34
Kansas 450 $22,000 35
Missouri 620 $21,880 36
New Mexico 260 $21,570 37
Maine 180 $21,030 38
New Hampshire 170 $20,710 39
Arkansas 210 $18,490 40