Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States take home approximately $19.46 per hour on average. In the world of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $53K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians is high. The vast majority of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,134 - $57,577

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$14.18 - $24.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,134 - $57,577  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,740  
Profit Sharing
$77.28 - $4,013  
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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$29,754 - $53,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $24.88  
   
Overtime
$15.95 - $35.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,740  
   
Profit Sharing
$77.28 - $4,013  
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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$29,754 - $53,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 501
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Refraction, and Surgical Assisting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


Certified Ophthalmic Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 14%

RETINOSCOPY
up arrow 14%

Refraction
up arrow 11%

Surgical Assisting
up arrow 6%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

Medical Photography
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 100 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 24%
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