Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants take home an average $15.34 per hour. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants is high. There are far more female Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,889 - $47,554
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$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,188
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$12.14 - $19.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,889 - $47,554  
   
Bonus
$102.29 - $1,561  
Profit Sharing
$870  
Commission
$900  
Total Pay (?
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$25,451 - $42,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $19.71  
   
Overtime
$17.48 - $30.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$102.29 - $1,561  
   
Commission
$900  
Profit Sharing
$870  
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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$25,451 - $42,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 707

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,275

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Raleigh (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Virginia Beach, 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Lexington and Tulsa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in El Paso:
"That State Employees Do Not Make As Much As Private Practice."
To continue their education to move to next the level.

Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
▲7%

Refraction
▲6%

Medicine / Surgery
▲2%


Medical Photography
▲1%

Optometry
▲1%

Patient Education
▼0%

Procedures
▼0%

National Average
$32,000

Medical Coding
▼1%

Surgery
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 20%
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