Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary (United States)

A Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) earns an average wage of $16.00 per hour. A skill in Refractions is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Total Pay (?
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$24,822 - $49,198
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MEDIAN: $37,129
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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Total Pay (?
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$12.17 - $20.64
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,822 - $49,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,190  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $7,850  
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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$25,710 - $44,778  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $20.64  
   
Overtime
$17.36 - $30.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,190  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $7,850  
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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$25,710 - $44,778  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,116
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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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New York
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Indianapolis
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National Average
$34,000
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

National Average
$34,000

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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Patient Education
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Coding
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$34,000
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Optometry
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Refractometry
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Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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