Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

Certified Ophthalmic Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $16.34 per hour for pay. Overall cash earnings for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants stretch from $26K on the lower end to $45K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and years of experience. For the most part, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,707 - $48,682

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$12.42 - $21.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,707 - $48,682  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,258  
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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$26,208 - $45,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $21.13  
   
Overtime
$17.47 - $31.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,258  
   
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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$26,208 - $45,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,285
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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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While Certified Ophthalmic Assistants do not often become Registered Nurses, the job pays $55K per year on average. 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)


Certified Ophthalmic Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Eye Associates, Spokane Eye Clinic, Cincinnati Eye Institute, Beach Eye Care, and Marietta Eye Clinic. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants flock to Eye Associates for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $37K lead the pack in compensation; however, Eye Associates also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $24K at one end to $53K at the other end.

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 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Refractometry and scribe. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, 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.


Certified Ophthalmic Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. On average, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, 31 percent higher than the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Fort Worth (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Virginia Beach.

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

refracting
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Refractions
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Refraction
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Medical Photography
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Procedures
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Medical Coding
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Scribing
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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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scribe
up arrow 4%

Refractometry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 420 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: 33% employee benefits None: 22%
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