Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Ophthalmic Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.93 per hour. In the world of Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $27K and $47K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $5K, respectively. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,948 - $50,887
$25K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,504
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$13.18 - $21.84
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MEDIAN: $16.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,948 - $50,887  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$250.01 - $5,000  
Commission
$950  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,467 - $46,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $21.84  
   
Overtime
$18.11 - $32.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.27 - $2,891  
   
Commission
$950  
Profit Sharing
$250.01 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,467 - $46,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,667

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Job Description for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

A certified ophthalmologist assistant (COA) provides professional medical and administrative help for eye physicians in a clinical setting. They perform tasks such as muscle testing, refractometry, vision exams, and recording eyeglass prescriptions for patients. Interacting with patients is essential for this position, as an ophthalmologist assistant places patients in the appropriate room and prepares him or her for the appointment. A COA is also expected to clean equipment, surgical instruments, and exam areas regularly to prepare the environment for each patient. Ophthalmologist assistants are called to execute diagnostic testing to examine clients that suffer from eye and vision abnormalities and injuries. In addition, the COA may also administer medicine to a patient and assist with the surgical process if needed.

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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Tasks

  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist ophthalmologist with office patient procedures.
  • Coordinate patient care and influx of patients.
  • Provide technical ophthalmic and administrative assistance.

Common Career Paths for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


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Though not the most common occurrence, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $56K per year. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants typically move into roles as Certified Ophthalmic Technicians or Ophthalmic Photographers, and those positions pay $4K more and $5K more, respectively.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


Certified Ophthalmic Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Eye Associates, Eye Institute, Beach Eye Care, Marietta Eye Clinic, and Spokane Eye Clinic. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center offers the most; Certified Ophthalmic Assistants earn $42K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates at $41K, The Lasik Vision Institute at $40K, and Eye Associates, where Certified Ophthalmic Assistants annually earn $37K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Marietta Eye Clinic ($33K), Ophthalmology Associates ($34K), and Cincinnati Eye Institute ($35K).

Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


Survey results imply that Certified Ophthalmic Assistants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Refractions, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Refractometry, Scribing, and refracting. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Procedures and Medical Photography. Most people experienced in Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 728 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 622 salaries. An experienced Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 565 salaries. A Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 224 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,808

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With a pay rate for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+22 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is El Paso, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Virginia Beach and Grand Rapids earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)?

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Moorestown:
"Being a COA at SJE."
Pros: I enjoy that my job actually requires intellect and critical thinking. I learn new things on a daily basis and learn how to implement new knowledge in each patient's case.
Cons: My job is extremely stressful. There are an average for 4 doctors on at once with only 9 exam rooms and 5 minute appointment slots. We don't have the staff for the space to accommodate patient's effectively. Aside from carrying out my job duties, the problems that the doctors create with their massive patient volume falls on me to solve as well. I feel overworked and underpaid.

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Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$36,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Refractions
▲12%



▲3%


▲2%


▲1%

Patient Education
▼0%

Medical Coding
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼2%

▼3%

refracting
▼3%

Refractometry
▼5%

Scribing
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 18%