Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

The average Certified Ophthalmic Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $19.38 per hour. Total cash compensation to Certified Ophthalmic Technicians approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $53K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly more than a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. The majority of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,338 - $54,775
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,717
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$14.18 - $24.88
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,338 - $54,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,776  
Profit Sharing
$207.50 - $4,000  
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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$29,814 - $53,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $24.88  
   
Overtime
$16.12 - $35.37  
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
$207.50 - $4,000  
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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$29,814 - $53,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 490
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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)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 11 percent and 18 percent. The majority of those who know Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Ophthalmic Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 18%

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
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 23%
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