Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Earnings for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States come in at around $19.51 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Certified Ophthalmic Technicians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,600 - $54,927
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,759
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$14.37 - $24.88
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,600 - $54,927  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Profit Sharing
$344.65 - $4,041  
Commission
$500  
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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$30,109 - $53,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $24.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.35 - $35.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$344.65 - $4,041  
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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$30,109 - $53,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 544
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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)


Survey results imply that Certified Ophthalmic Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, RETINOSCOPY, Refraction, and Surgical Assisting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records tend to be well versed in Medical Photography.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. For Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Ophthalmic Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 18%

Refraction
up arrow 14%

RETINOSCOPY
up arrow 14%

Surgical Assisting
up arrow 6%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medical Photography
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

refracting
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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