My question relates to the question What is the maximum number of planes a controller can control?, which asks about the maximum limit. One comment indicated 35 aircraft per hour for en-route segment. I, however, are not interested in the maximum number of aircraft per sector, but in the typical number of aircraft.
I am now interested in the typical amount of aircraft per enroute Air Traffic Controller at any given time during the day (how many aircraft are handled at the same time by an en-route controller).
While I am sure that there is no universal ground truth, can anyone report experience? To limit the scope, let's assume continental U.S. or Europe during the day, upper airspace.