Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) earns an average wage of $19.61 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are RETINOSCOPY and refracting. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
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$30,690 - $63,122
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MEDIAN: $46,378
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$0$63K
Salary $30,690 - $63,122
Bonus $125.00 - $4,500
Profit Sharing $700
Commission $660
Total Pay (?
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$30,751 - $56,414
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $14.65 - $26.00
Hourly Tips $0.75
Overtime $22.00 - $39.11
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $125.00 - $4,500
Commission $660
Profit Sharing $700
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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$30,751 - $56,414
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 414

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 159 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 146 salaries. A Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 140 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,999

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Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$41,000

▼4%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
▲15%

refracting
▲12%


Surgical Assisting
▲6%


Surgery
▲4%

Medicine / Surgery
▲4%



National Average
$41,000

Refraction
▼3%

scribe
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 17%
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