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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Median pay for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States is around $19.32 per hour. Final cash compensation to Certified Ophthalmic Technicians varies from around $30K to approximately $53K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $4K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,596 - $52,845
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $41,333
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$14.03 - $24.65
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$14
$19
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,596 - $52,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,757  
Profit Sharing
$332.76 - $4,027  
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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$29,517 - $52,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $24.65  
   
Overtime
$15.64 - $35.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,757  
   
Profit Sharing
$332.76 - $4,027  
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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$29,517 - $52,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger 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 see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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%

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 95 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

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: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 23%