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 $16.97 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can bottom out near $28K or peak near $47K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. A fair number enjoy medical while nearly one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. For the most part, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,891 - $50,883
$26K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,151
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$13.27 - $22.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,891 - $50,883  
   
Bonus
$152.80 - $2,944  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,129  
Commission
$900  
Total Pay (?
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$27,780 - $47,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $22.03  
   
Overtime
$18.41 - $32.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$152.80 - $2,944  
   
Commission
$900  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,129  
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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$27,780 - $47,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,724

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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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Certified Ophthalmic Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Registered Nurses. That role pays $56K per year on average. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants most often move into positions as Certified Ophthalmic Technicians or Ophthalmic Photographers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


Eye Associates, Eye Institute, Beach Eye Care, Marietta Eye Clinic, and Spokane Eye Clinic are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Certified Ophthalmic Assistants. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center offers the most; Certified Ophthalmic Assistants earn $42K on average there. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates ($41K), The Lasik Vision Institute ($40K), and Eye Associates ($37K).

Workers at Marietta Eye Clinic, Ophthalmology Associates, and Cincinnati Eye Institute also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $33K, $34K, and $35K respectively.

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 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Refractometry, Scribing, and refracting. Most people who know Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography and Procedures. Skill sets containing Patient Education also tend to include Procedures and Medical Photography.

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: $35,976

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+21 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). El Paso ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Virginia Beach (15 percent lower) and Grand Rapids (7 percent lower).

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
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
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%

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$36,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Refractions
▲11%



▲2%

▲2%



▲1%

Patient Education
▼0%

Medical Coding
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼3%

▼3%

refracting
▼4%

Refractometry
▼5%

Scribing
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 18%
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