The Labor Department estimates that the number of U.S. avionics technicians rose slightly in the past year, from 17,150 in 2015 to 17,330 in 2016. Yet their average annual wages, excluding benefits, increased from $58,460 to $61,390, or 5%, in one year. For aircraft mechanics, the head count rose more strongly, from 116,830 in 2015 to 128,570 in 2016, more than 10%. The increase was only achieved by increasing average wages from $58,850 to $61,190, or 4%.

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