Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

The larger portion of Certified Ophthalmic Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.38 per hour. Total cash earnings of Certified Ophthalmic Assistants range from $26K on the low end to $45K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $5K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$25,272 - $47,976
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,879
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$12.48 - $21.20
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$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,272 - $47,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,437  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,932  
Commission
$600  
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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$26,291 - $45,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $21.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12  
Overtime
$17.58 - $31.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,437  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,932  
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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$26,291 - $45,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,503
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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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For Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants typically move into roles as Certified Ophthalmic Technicians or Ophthalmic Photographers, and those positions pay $4K more and $6K 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, Spokane Eye Clinic, Cincinnati Eye Institute, Beach Eye Care, and Marietta Eye Clinic. Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $41K. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks at Eye Associates ($37K), Cincinnati Eye Institute ($36K), and Eye Care Specialists PC ($35K).

Marietta Eye Clinic, Spokane Eye Clinic, and Eye Care Specialists PC are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($31K, $35K, and $35K respectively).

Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


Certified Ophthalmic Assistants report using a large range 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 5 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Refractometry and scribe. People who know Patient Education usually also know Procedures and Medical Photography. Most people who know Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography and Procedures.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,727

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Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Certified Ophthalmic Assistants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Virginia Beach, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

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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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Medical Photography
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Procedures
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Medical Coding
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Scheduling
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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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Refractometry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 454 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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