$37,028
Avg. Salary
$17.27
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$736

Bonus

$973

Profit Sharing

$850

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is $17.27 per hour.

The average pay for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) is $37,028 per year.

$13.57
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$17.27
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$22.40
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MEDIAN $17.27
$27k
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$51k
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MEDIAN $37,028
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MEDIAN: $37,028
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$0$51K
Salary $26,671 - $51,460
Bonus $193 - $2,034
Profit Sharing $194 - $2,948
Commission $850
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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$28,395 - $47,964
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 26 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 260
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $13.57 - $22.40
Hourly Tips $1.50
Overtime $18.97 - $33.53
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $193 - $2,034
Commission $850
Profit Sharing $194 - $2,948
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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$28,395 - $47,964
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 26 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,212

Job Description for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

A certified ophthalmologist assistant (COA) provides professional medical and administrative help for eye physicians in a clinical setting. They perform tasks such as muscle testing, refractometry, vision exams, and recording eyeglass prescriptions for patients. Interacting with patients is essential for this position, as an ophthalmologist assistant places patients in the appropriate room and prepares him or her for the appointment. A COA is also expected to clean equipment, surgical instruments, and exam areas regularly to prepare the environment for each patient. Ophthalmologist assistants are called to execute diagnostic testing to examine clients that suffer from eye and vision abnormalities and injuries. In addition, the COA may also administer medicine to a patient and assist with the surgical process if needed.

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Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Tasks

  • Take patient history and perform preliminary examination of patient.
  • Assist ophthalmologist with office patient procedures.
  • Coordinate patient care and influx of patients.
  • Provide technical ophthalmic and administrative assistance.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Pay By Employer

$0$45K

$36,783

$38,095

$34,126

$38,105

Eye Institute
8 profiles
$35,836

Eye Associates
8 profiles
$36,854

Beach Eye Care
7 profiles
$31,272

$32,527

$39,520

$37,534

Common Career Paths for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


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Though it's uncommon, some Certified Ophthalmic Assistants move into roles as Registered Nurses, where pay is an average $56K per year. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants typically move into roles as Certified Ophthalmic Technicians or Ophthalmic Photographers, and those positions pay $3K more and $5K more, respectively.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)


Survey takers working as Certified Ophthalmic Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Refractions, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Refractometry, Scribing, and refracting. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in Medical Photography and Procedures. People who know Patient Education usually also know Procedures and Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 728 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 622 salaries. An experienced Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 565 salaries. A Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 224 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,466

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, Boston provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+20 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). El Paso ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Virginia Beach and Grand Rapids also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)?

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Mahanoy City:
"EMR."
Get certified soon as possible.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Springfield:
"COAs."
Pros: Helping the patients. Having weekends off.
Cons: The stress.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Traverse City:
"It may be hard, but it's worth it!"
Always give 110%. Really listen to the patient and treat them like your loved one. Be efficient. Listen to and be open to constructive feedback. Ask how you can do your job better. Nobody likes a know it all. Be a team player. Ask how you can help. There will be plenty of high stress days, short on staff, extra work-in's etc, learn not to complain. Instead be an encourager, in doing so, you'll be encouraged too and it makes the day go by that much better. Before you know it, it's not just a job, it's a way of life.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Middletown:
Pros: Help people get better vision.
Cons: To see people suffer of losing their sight.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in McKinney:
"Expand your knowledge."
Learn all you can. Attention to detail is of importance.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Los Angeles:
"Wonderful."
Pros: Wonderful boss.
Cons: Below average pay.

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in Sidney:
"No doctor in, no work."
Be thick skinned.

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Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 600 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

▲11%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Refractions
▲10%



▲1%


▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$36,000

Patient Education
▼1%


Medical Coding
▼2%

▼4%

▼5%

refracting
▼5%

Refractometry
▼7%

Scribing
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 600 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 20%