Sleep Technologists in the United States take home an average $23.18 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Sleep Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Sleep Technologists (58 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,253 - $86,554  
   
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$36,441 - $63,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.55 - $28.79  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $45.06  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$36,441 - $63,785  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Sleep Technologist

Sleep technologists, also known as polysomnographic technologists, perform sleep testing, either inside or outside a sleep center. A sleep technologist is able to provide comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment. The technologist will set up and prepare for the sleep study, according to the doctor’s orders; this includes placing sensors on the appropriate places on the patient and making sure all machines are properly calibrated. They will gather all necessary data throughout the sleep study and document any information that may be important or of interest to the doctor. They will perform patient education as needed.

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Sleep Technologist Tasks

  • Monitor patient respiration, heart and brain activity during procedure.
  • Operate equipment to record sleep and awake physiology readings of patient.
  • File reports, order supplies and maintain equipment.
  • Prepare and analyze readings for interpretation by a physician.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sleep Technologist

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


For Sleep Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $44K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $49K on average. On average, Sleep Technologists make $51K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Sleep Technologists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $60K.

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Experience Affects Sleep Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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