Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician Salary

Median pay for Electroencephalography Technicians in the United States is around $16.95 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.60 per hour and $24.56. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Electroencephalography Technicians (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electroencephalography Technicians. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,438 - $56,139  
   
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$0.00 - $979  
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$24,596 - $51,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Overtime
$5.57 - $37.31  
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$0.00 - $979  
   
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$24,596 - $51,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302

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Job Description for Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician

Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician requires specialized training to do their job. Such training usually takes the form of technical school or an associate’s degree. Another option for training is on the job training although there is currently a move towards more standardized training. Their job consists of using machines such as an electroencephalograph to record electrical impulses in the brain and nervous system. An EEG technician may also be required to assist in determining brain death in a patient who is in a coma. They must attach electrodes to patients and monitor machines during measurements. Many patients that an EEG technician works with are very ill and may not be able to move about by themselves freely. The technician may be required to move the patient to attach electrodes or may have the assistance of others at the hospital, such as a nurse. The technician also prepares a report to be interpreted by a doctor. An EEG technician usually works in a hospital setting. EEG technicians are likely to work a normal work week but may be on call at all times of day and weekends in case of emergency situations. Working in a hospital setting an EEG technician is likely to work with a variety of other medical professionals including doctors, nurses and other specialists. Good communication skills are important since a large part of their job consists of relaying information to other medical professionals. In a typical work day an EEG spends about half of their time on their feet and half of their time seated and may be required to do some lifting in moving patients. The technician may be required to transport patients between rooms depending on the facility in which they work.


Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician Tasks

  • Monitor patient respiration, heart and brain activity during procedure.
  • File reports, order supplies and maintain equipment.
  • Operate equipment to record electrical activity of the brain readings.
  • Attach electrodes to patient's head to obtain brain activity readings.
  • Prepare readings for interpretation by a physician.

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Typical Electroencephalography Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Intra-operative Monitoring and Video EEG Monitoring are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Video EEG Monitoring is a skill commonly found among those who know Intra-operative Monitoring.

Pay by Experience Level for Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Electroencephalography Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $36K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $33K. Electroencephalography Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Electroencephalography Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$36,000

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Skills That Affect Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician Salaries

Intra-operative Monitoring
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 26%