Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States take home approximately $19.56 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Ophthalmic Technicians. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,864 - $62,425
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$31K
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$62K
MEDIAN: $46,576
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$14.44 - $25.53
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$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,864 - $62,425  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $4,848  
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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$30,344 - $54,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $25.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$21.50 - $36.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$98.63 - $4,848  
   
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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$30,344 - $54,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 404
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, refracting, Refraction, and Surgical Assisting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians see a median income of $35K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians make a median 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 $50K.

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Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
up arrow 13%

refracting
up arrow 9%

Refraction
up arrow 7%

Surgical Assisting
up arrow 5%

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 3%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Photography
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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