$46,260
Avg. Salary
$20.16
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$809

Bonus

$1,323

Profit Sharing

$600

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is $20.16 per hour.

The average pay for a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is $46,260 per year.

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MEDIAN $46,260
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$0$61K
Salary $30,776 - $61,674
Bonus $150 - $3,820
Profit Sharing $3.30 - $5,817
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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$31,272 - $56,620
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 84
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $14.99 - $26.48
Hourly Tips $0.75
Overtime $21.86 - $39.16
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $150 - $3,820
Commission $600
Profit Sharing $3.30 - $5,817
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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$31,272 - $56,620
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 777

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) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in RETINOSCOPY, refracting, Surgical Assisting, and Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include scribe. The majority of those who know Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

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

17%

9%

National Average: $42,571

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

Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, 32 percent above the national average. Certified Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Cleveland (+18 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is New Orleans. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (12 percent less) and Phoenix (8 percent less).

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)?

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT):
Doctors in ophthalmology are great but administrators are not. Supervisor does know what our jobs entail so her decisions don’t make good sense. Pay freezes and benefit cuts are the reason I switched jobs to eliminate the hour drive from the quad cities.

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) in Lansing:
"I love my job title and helping patients."
Pros: Making the patients happy and giving them great customer care
Cons: cleaning

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) in Jersey City:
"I wish I had known a faster pathway to get to COT level."
Enjoy what you do and be passionate about your work. That will always get you through rough days. Always maintain your integrity.

Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) in Presque Isle:
"Long hours."
Need to be flexible with work hours.

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Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
31%

Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$43,000

▼7%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
▲10%

refracting
▲8%


Surgical Assisting
▲2%


Surgery
▼0%

Medicine / Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$43,000



Refraction
▼6%

scribe
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 20%