The average pay for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is $15.93 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Total Pay (?
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$23,887 - $49,401
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MEDIAN: $35,377
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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Total Pay (?
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$12.10 - $20.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,887 - $49,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,162  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $6,183  
Total Pay (?
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$25,521 - $44,866  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,081
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $20.60  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,162  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $6,183  
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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$25,521 - $44,866  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,081
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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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Pay Difference By Location
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$34,000
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

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$34,000

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

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$34,000
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Gender
Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 22%
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