Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (United States)

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $19.18 per hour. Total cash earnings range from $29,298 on the low end to $53,393 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $1,527 and $7,370, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession—22 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and 43 percent have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (?
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$29,298 - $53,393
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MEDIAN: $43,302
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Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary (?
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$14.10 - $24.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,298 - $53,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,527  
Profit Sharing
$338.32 - $7,370  
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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$29,824 - $52,898  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $24.49  
   
Overtime
$16.06 - $36.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$338.32 - $7,370  
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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$29,824 - $52,898  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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. RETINOSCOPY and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 5 percent respectively. Most people skilled in Medical Photography are similarly competent 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.
Certified Ophthalmic Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries start at $35K, which grows to $39K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $42K after one to two decades. After 20 years in the field, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $44K. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 39 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 28 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 32 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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Although location is not a huge compensation factor, workers in Chicago earn a little above the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Tampa (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
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Surgery
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Photography
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$41,000
Patient Education
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Surgical Assisting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 22%
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