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: Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

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State Jobs Average
Salary
Rank
California 2,800 $51,580 1
Illinois 1,590 $51,560 2
Massachusetts 970 $49,530 3
Washington 1,130 $48,200 4
Missouri 2,100 $47,680 5
Connecticut 480 $45,650 6
North Dakota 280 $44,240 7
Minnesota 1,140 $44,020 8
New Jersey 1,280 $43,650 9
Rhode Island 170 $42,550 10
Michigan 2,290 $41,330 11
New York 1,270 $40,620 12
Wyoming 2,250 $40,220 13
New Mexico 360 $39,800 14
West Virginia 790 $38,160 15
Wisconsin 820 $38,080 16
Maryland 1,110 $37,920 17
Indiana 1,230 $37,900 18
Colorado 1,790 $37,750 19
Arizona 1,580 $37,020 20
New Hampshire 630 $36,500 21
Nevada 720 $36,410 22
Ohio 2,350 $36,100 23
Idaho 690 $36,010 24
Delaware 180 $35,660 25
Oregon 2,380 $35,420 26
Utah 810 $35,240 27
Montana 350 $34,910 28
Kentucky 1,690 $33,430 29
Kansas 460 $32,710 30
Virginia 2,770 $32,480 31
Vermont 330 $32,250 32
Maine 500 $32,090 33
Georgia 1,310 $31,400 34
South Dakota 400 $31,390 35
Nebraska 630 $31,150 36
Pennsylvania 2,970 $31,000 37
Iowa 1,370 $30,680 38
South Carolina 950 $30,500 39
Oklahoma 1,390 $30,440 40
North Carolina 1,940 $29,510 41
Florida 4,490 $29,500 42
Texas 5,710 $28,390 43
Tennessee 1,260 $28,300 44
Alabama 1,740 $28,250 45
Arkansas 1,260 $27,440 46
Louisiana 1,680 $27,380 47
Mississippi 890 $25,690 48
Puerto Rico 680 $18,010