In 1967, for instance, a new Skyhawk was priced at $12,750. Median household income that year was $6,054. By 1977 the price of a new Skyhawk had climbed to $22,300 while household income had risen to $11,992. By the late 1990s, however, when Cessna re-entered the piston market after a lengthy production hiatus, airplane prices began a steep rise. Despite household wages remaining relatively flat for the last couple of decades, the $350,000 price of a new Skyhawk today is no longer neatly aligned with the U.S. median household wage of around $52,000 a year.