The Average Salary of a Polysomnography Technologist


Polysomnography technologists monitor patients during sleep studies, tests typically performed overnight while patients sleep to check for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Polysomnography technologists attach patients to various pieces of equipment, observe them during the night, and then analyze the data collected overnight. Some train on the job while others have college degrees. Some become certified by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, though certification is not required by law.

Hourly Wage

According to Pay Scale, polysomnography technologists often are paid by the hour rather than with a flat salary. As of June 2011, they earned an average of $12.08 to $23.75 per hour. Salaries vary widely, based on a number of factors.


PayScale reports that it’s not uncommon for polysomnography technologists to work overtime and that hourly employees typically receive higher pay for any hours they work beyond a standard 40-hour work week. As of June 2011, PayScale reports that they typically earned an average of $19.77 to $36.49 per hour when working overtime.

Factors Influencing Salary

Numerous factors influence the salary of polysomnography technologists including the facility for which they work, their geographical location, their experience in the field, their amount of education and whether or not they have a college degree, whether or not they hold certification from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, any special skills they have, and any special responsibilities such as management duties.


Polysomnography technologists often receive a number of benefits on the job, though benefits vary by employer. Benefits may include health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. Those working for sleep labs in large hospitals may receive more and better benefits than those working for smaller private labs.

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