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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Average Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States make around $19.31 per hour. Cash earnings for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $53K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Ophthalmic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Certified Ophthalmic Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,191 - $52,845
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $41,333
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$14.06 - $24.77
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,191 - $52,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,776  
Profit Sharing
$329.66 - $3,987  
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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$29,623 - $53,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$16.24 - $35.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,776  
   
Profit Sharing
$329.66 - $3,987  
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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$29,623 - $53,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476

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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, Refraction, Surgical Assisting, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know Medical Photography also know 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.


For Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $45K.

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
up arrow 14%

Refraction
up arrow 10%

Surgical Assisting
up arrow 7%

Surgery
up arrow 5%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 5%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Photography
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
0%

refracting
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 24%
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