Not sure about State jobs but if you can get a Federal job go for it! After 18 years of GOM flying I had the opportunity to take a Federal job starting at 3 times what I was making in the GOM! Fed jobs have a cost of living increase every year plus a step increase in your pay grade up to four years then every two after that! Medical benefits are outstanding, the Fed 401K (called TSP) is amazing, and when I retired I was getting 4 1/2 weeks vacation per year plus 12 days of sick leave! Border Patrol and FAA are hiring! Go for it!