Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $19.76 per hour for pay. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,809 - $63,437
$31K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,916
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$14.61 - $25.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,809 - $63,437  
   
Bonus
$98.87 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,600  
Commission
$600  
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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$30,619 - $55,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $25.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$21.76 - $38.11  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$98.87 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$2,600  
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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$30,619 - $55,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 420

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.

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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, refracting, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, and Surgical Assisting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Refraction. 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.


Certified Ophthalmic Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. For Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

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Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
▲13%

refracting
▲10%


Surgical Assisting
▲4%



Surgery
▲2%

Medicine / Surgery
▲2%


National Average
$42,000

Refraction
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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