Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salary

Earnings for Certified Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States come in at around $19.45 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-half collect dental insurance. Female Certified Ophthalmic Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,506 - $64,148
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$0$64K
Salary $30,506 - $64,148
Bonus $148.48 - $4,041
Profit Sharing $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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$30,868 - $57,095
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $14.72 - $26.34
Hourly Tips $0.75
Overtime $21.35 - $39.66
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $148.48 - $4,041
Profit Sharing $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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$30,868 - $57,095
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 435

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

  • 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.
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.

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

National Average: $42,205

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).

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Key Stats for Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT)

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%

Experience Affects Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

National Average
$42,000

▼7%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Salaries

RETINOSCOPY
▲11%

refracting
▲9%


Surgical Assisting
▲3%


Surgery
▲1%

Medicine / Surgery
▲1%


National Average
$42,000


Refraction
▼6%

scribe
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 19%