Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Median pay for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $19.51 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Certified Ophthalmic Technicians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Geographic location 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 — 88 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Ophthalmic Technicians. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,600 - $54,927
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$30K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,759
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$14.37 - $24.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,600 - $54,927  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Profit Sharing
$344.65 - $4,041  
Commission
$500  
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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$30,109 - $53,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $24.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.35 - $35.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$344.65 - $4,041  
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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$30,109 - $53,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 544
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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)


Survey results imply that Certified Ophthalmic Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. 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 14 percent and 18 percent. Most people familiar with 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $36K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $39K. On average, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians make $42K following one to two decades on the job. As Certified Ophthalmic Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $46K.

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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%

Refraction
up arrow 14%

RETINOSCOPY
up arrow 14%

Surgical Assisting
up arrow 6%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medical Photography
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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 106 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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