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 $16.34 per hour. In the world of Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $45K. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,677 - $48,684
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,987
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$12.42 - $21.09
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,677 - $48,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,253  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $4,983  
Commission
$550 - $650  
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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$26,233 - $45,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $21.09  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $31.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,253  
   
Commission
$550 - $650  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $4,983  
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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$26,233 - $45,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,257
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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.

Common Career Paths for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


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There are some Certified Ophthalmic Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $55K annually. Typical career progression for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant involves becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Technician or an Ophthalmic Photographer, roles that pay $4K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


For Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Eye Associates; in fact, average earnings are around $37K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($24K versus $53K) is great.

Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


Certified Ophthalmic Assistants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in refracting, Refractions, Refraction, and Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Refractometry and scribe. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in Medical Photography and Procedures. The majority of those who know Patient Education also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. For Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $39K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Fort Worth (+11 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). In Virginia Beach, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

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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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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Patient Education
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National Average
$35,000

Optometry
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Scribing
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Refractometry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 418 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 22%
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