A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) earns an average wage of $18.68 per hour. A skill in RETINOSCOPY is associated with high pay for this job.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Total Pay (?
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$29,203 - $53,396
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MEDIAN: $43,584
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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Total Pay (?
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$13.72 - $24.54
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,203 - $53,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,488  
Profit Sharing
$76.60 - $7,272  
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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$28,999 - $52,868  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $24.54  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $36.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,488  
   
Profit Sharing
$76.60 - $7,272  
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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$28,999 - $52,868  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 590
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Job Description for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
Certified ophthalmic technicians (COTs) principally conduct eye tests for patients at an ophthalmology office. Some examples of these tests are contrast sensitivity tests, visual acuity tests, HRR color vision tests, and Amsler grids. All tests must be conducted properly with accurate measurements recorded. Some of these tests require the ability of COTs to operate specialized equipment, such as an autorefractor or a potential acuity meter (PAM). Other services performed by the COT include basic patient services such as applying eye drops, obtaining permissions, and gathering patient history. As a medical position, this job requires the ability to follow the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and regulations for various drugs.
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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Tasks
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.
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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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$40,000
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
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Surgery
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Surgical Assisting
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Refractometry
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%
Medical Photography
0%
Patient Education
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National Average
$40,000
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 83 votes.
Gender
Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
29%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 19%
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