Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

Most Certified Ophthalmic Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.28 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants — including $1K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $26K to $45K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,874 - $48,477
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$26K
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$48K
MEDIAN: $37,709
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$12.35 - $20.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,874 - $48,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,246  
Profit Sharing
$198.43 - $6,082  
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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$26,096 - $45,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.35 - $20.94  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $31.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,246  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.43 - $6,082  
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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$26,096 - $45,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,137

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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

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

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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, Surgery, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Refractometry and scribe. Those familiar with Electronic Medical Records also tend to know Medical Photography and Procedures. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Procedures and Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

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


Certified Ophthalmic Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Fort Worth (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Virginia Beach is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent.

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Refractions
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Refraction
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Procedures
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Medical Photography
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Medical Coding
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Patient Education
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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National Average
$35,000

Optometry
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scribe
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Refractometry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 424 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 22%