Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can expect to earn an average of $15.53 per hour. Most Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just under a half receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,596 - $47,982
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$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,310
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$12.49 - $19.85
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$0$47K
Salary $24,596 - $47,982
Bonus $103.26 - $1,497
Profit Sharing $540
Commission $900
Total Pay (?
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$26,221 - $42,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $12.49 - $19.85
Overtime $17.51 - $30.55
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $103.26 - $1,497
Commission $900
Profit Sharing $540
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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$26,221 - $42,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 707

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,778

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

For Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Ophthalmic Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Raleigh (+7 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Virginia Beach is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Lexington (11 percent lower) and Tulsa (8 percent lower).

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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

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 McKinney:
"Expand your knowledge."
Learn all you can. Attention to detail is of importance.

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

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) in El Paso:
"That State Employees Do Not Make As Much As Private Practice."
To continue their education to move to next the level.

Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
22%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
▲5%

Refraction
▲4%


Medicine / Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Medical Photography
▼1%

Procedures
▼1%

Optometry
▼1%

Patient Education
▼2%

Medical Coding
▼3%

Surgery
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 21%