ROI of Sound Masking

How much does a sound masking system cost?

The cost of installing a sound masking system is anywhere from $1 - $3.00 per square foot of your space, which makes it a small investment with big returns! Customer studies have indicated payback periods from 10 weeks to as little as 5 days. Contact us today to schedule a demo.

Sound masking is one of the most cost-effective things a business can do to reduce unwanted noise and increase speech privacy.

Adding sound masking to a facility yields a significant return-on-investment through increased employee productivity. A study by the Data Management Association found that open-plan workplaces that lack sound masking systems experience a 40 percent loss in productivity and 27 percent more errors.

Installing a sound masking system can also help companies save money on new construction projects. Workspaces with sound masking systems require less insulation in interior walls, as well as less expensive ceiling tile and lower partitions, saving companies up to $3 per square foot.

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What return can you expect on your investment?

Example of the ROI a Company Can Expect with the Addition of a Sound Masking System

Annual salary of an employee: $30,000

Area occupied by the employee: 120 square feet

Cost of masking per employee: 120 square feet x $1.00 = $120

Salary recovered in productivity: 2 percent of employee’s time x $30,000 = $600

Return on investment: $600 (productivity gains per employee) vs $120 (cost of masking per employee)

*Source of this ROI Calculation is Soft dB Materials.

Building Systems Solutions is the midwest’s exclusive distributor for Soft dB sound masking systems. Soft dB is the manufacturer of the most advanced sound masking systems in the world. Unlike other sound masking systems that need to be adjusted manually, the Soft dB Sound Masking System is adaptive to the real-time conditions in the space. It constantly monitors the ambient noise levels and makes automatic adjustments to compensate for any changes.


  • DSP-based and computer controlled.
  • Automatically conform to the acoustics of a space.
  • Constantly adjust system levels to ambient noise level changes.
  • Multiple channels to address different acoustic values.

Find more information about Soft dB Products here.

  • Sound Masking Systems
  • Public Address Systems
  • Voice-over IP Networked Paging
  • Mass Notification Systems and Services
  • Plant Communication Systems
  • Industrial Intercom Systems
  • Employee Warning Systems
  • Emergency Evacuation Systems
  • Strobe Warning Systems
  • Automated Messaging Systems
  • Office Paging Systems and Music System

Sound masking is a process that involves adding background sound to a space to reduce noise distractions, cover private conversations, and create a more comfortable environment. Specialized electronics are used to transmit a spectrum of sound that matches the frequencies of human speech. This type of sound makes speech unintelligible from 15 or 20 feet away, reducing distractions and increasing productivity for workers in the space.

Sound masking systems have been used successfully in work spaces in the U.S. since the 1960s. Thanks to advances in technology, sound masking systems are more sophisticated and effective than ever before, yet the basic concept has not changed: specialized technologies are used to control speakers, which transmit a broadband sound throughout a space.

Learn all about sound masking on our Sound Masking Systems FAQs page.

Say Goodbye to Office Distractions

If you’d like to learn more about how the Soft dB Sound Masking System can improve privacy and productivity in your workplace, or you would like a demonstration about how we can achieve speech privacy in exam rooms, conference rooms, private offices or patient rooms, please contact us via phone or email.

Words From Satisified Customers

We have worked with BSS on several sound masking projects for our clients with successful results. The process begins with a well-designed layout and an accurate budget. That way the client knows exactly what they are getting and can adjust as needed. Their team is responsive and great to work with during the install process. After install BSS schedules a tutorial with the client on how to use their new sound masking system. Because BSS is a leader in product and design the client receives an intuitive system thus another satisfied client.

Heather Weerheim
Greiner Construction