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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (United States)

A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) earns an average wage of $19.21 per hour. A skill in RETINOSCOPY is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (?
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$29,377 - $53,106
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,178
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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (?
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$14.04 - $24.53
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,377 - $53,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,517  
Profit Sharing
$338.32 - $4,096  
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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$29,698 - $52,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $24.53  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $35.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$338.32 - $4,096  
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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$29,698 - $52,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 473
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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)

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Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
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Surgery
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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refracting
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Medical Photography
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Surgical Assisting
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National Average
$41,000
Patient Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 22%