The average judicial law clerk in New York State makes twice as much per year as the average clerk in the US as a whole.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program provides detailed information on employment and wages for hundreds of detailed occupational categories at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. Using this data, we found the most disproportionately well-paying job in each state — the occupation in each state with the biggest percent difference between the state average salary and the national average salary.
Here’s the map (tap for a larger version on mobile):
Here’s a table showing the full title of each occupation along with the state and national average annual salaries and the percent difference between the state salary and the national salary:
As a final note for stat nerds, when looking at variables like aggregated salaries, it’s usually better to consider the median rather than the mean. The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t report median annual wages above $187,200, however, so we were left using average salaries for our analysis.