The average polysomnographic tech salary based on a variety of
sources including the US Bureau of Labor is comparable to other technologist
salaries. The primary setting for most
of these technologists is in a sleep study lab.
The assumption was made that
polysomnograhic technologists were working an average of 40 hours per
week with a total of 2080 hours per year. Also sometimes referred to as a polysomnography technician.
Average Hourly & Annual Data
An average somnographic technologist salary is less than $21.00 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $15.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $26.00 per hour.
On an annual basis the average salary is less than $43,000. The lowest 10% earn less than $32,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $50,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.
Lowest and Highest polysomnographic technologist salary
The lowest paid workers earn average wages below $15 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $30 per hour. Demand, supply and re-imbursement rates drive the wages paid.
Because the US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report on this technologist role separately it is difficult to determine where the best wages are. In general the west coast and the northeast pay better wages overall for all medical professions.
Education and Qualifications
Most Polysomographic techs attend an accredited college program that takes two years and confers an associate’s degree with an emphasis on sleep study. An emphasis on chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, and math skills is part of the core curriculum.
What They Do
Polysomnography technicians and technologists prepare patients for sleep studies. The attach equipment, administer oxygen, and set up c-pap devices. They take a detailed medical history and prepare written reports of the sleep study results. They usually work at night observing patients while they sleep.
The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) estimates that there are approximately 1400 Registered Polysomnographic Technologists working in the U.S. There are Polysomnographic technicians and technologists who are working without being certified or registered. The exact number is not available.
Where They Work
Sleep clinics or labs and hospitals are the primary location of employment. Marketing, sales, and colleges are other settings where the polysomnographic tech works.
Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance
and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the
employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.