Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants take home an average $15.29 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Close to one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a little less than half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,422 - $44,436
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$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,783
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$12.12 - $19.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$23,422 - $44,436  
   
Bonus
$104.06 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$870  
Commission
$900  
Total Pay (?
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$25,313 - $41,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $19.52  
   
Overtime
$17.33 - $30.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$104.06 - $1,939  
   
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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$25,313 - $41,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 679

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,120

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants that is 46 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, 14 percent below the national average. Lexington and Tulsa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 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 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
79%
5-9 years
18%
Location:
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Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
▲8%

Refraction
▲6%


Medicine / Surgery
▲2%

Medical Photography
▲1%

Procedures
▲1%

Optometry
▲1%

Patient Education
▼0%

National Average
$32,000

Medical Coding
▼1%

Surgery
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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