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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

For Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, hourly average wages total $19.21 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians stretch from $30K on the lower end to $53K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,377 - $53,106
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$29K
$43K
$53K
MEDIAN: $43,178
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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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Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)


Survey results show that Certified Ophthalmic Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, Surgery, Electronic Medical Records, and refracting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Medical Photography tend to be well versed 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $44K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 15%

Surgery
up arrow 5%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

refracting
up arrow 1%

Medical Photography
0%

Surgical Assisting
0%

National Average
$41,000

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

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%