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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (United States)

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States typically take home $19.18 per hour. In the world of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $30K and $53K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $7K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. There are far more female Certified Ophthalmic Technicians than men, making up 88 percent of those in this profession. Work is enjoyable for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (?
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$29,298 - $53,393
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MEDIAN: $43,302
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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (?
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$14.10 - $24.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,298 - $53,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,527  
Profit Sharing
$338.32 - $7,370  
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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$29,824 - $52,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $24.49  
   
Overtime
$16.06 - $36.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$338.32 - $7,370  
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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$29,824 - $52,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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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Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, Surgery, Electronic Medical Records , and refracting are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Medical Photography are similarly competent in Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Certified Ophthalmic Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $44K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 32 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 39 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 28 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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Though Certified Ophthalmic Technicians can find somewhat larger paychecks in Chicago — just above the national average — location actually has a very small overall effect on compensation in this occupation. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Tampa (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

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$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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Medical Photography
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refracting
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$41,000
Patient Education
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Surgical Assisting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 89 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
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 22%