How Much Should Sim Techs Earn?
Last week we were asked how much medical simulation technicians (Sim Techs) should earn based off their level of education and experience, and the answer really does depend on background and experience. With this article we are going to keep it simply about the numbers. Check out our other article on “What to REALLY look for when hiring a Sim Tech” to find out more about avenues of clinical simulation experience.
In our view there is two primary groups of Simulation Technicians. Those who can assist with Nursing Simulation and running of the technology, and those who can debug and correct the errors while running the technology. Those with proven experience of selecting, installing, integrating, operating, debugging, and maintaining equipment associated with Healthcare Simulation technology should be earning more than an individual who can change over a room between scenarios and can merely operate the technology.
Simulation Technicians (Intro Level and/or Managed):
Level I ~ $35,000/yr: Student working on their AA/BA with some healthcare experience (EMT, CNA, RNA, PM) with limited Audio/Visual (A/V) and standard computer skills.
Level II ~$45,000 /yr: Relevant AA/BA, healthcare experience and/or license, demonstrated computer skills and some A/V production ability.
Simulation Technicians (Experienced and/or Managers):
Level III ~ $52,000-$60,000 /yr: Relevant BA, 2+ years of A/V production experience, 5+ years of computer/IT experience (including some networking), optional: healthcare expreience.
Level IV ~ $65,000+ /yr: Simulation Technician experience, Relevant BA and possible Masters, 2 years of relevant work experience, 7+ years of computer experience and potentially IT certified, 3+ years of A/V production experience, optional: healthcare experience.
If you are wondering why healthcare experience becomes optional for tiers III & IV, please read our article “What to REALLY look for when hiring a Sim Tech“. The ability to fix technology is worth double the ability to simply operate, and Simulation Technicians are there to answer the important questions that no one else in your department will be able to, like “Why does the Sim laptop keep freezing mid-way through a scenario?”.
Remember this is just a quick glance overall for the general categories of level of Simulation Technicians. Specific individuals and their levels and types of experience will always differ.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.