A salary survey was mailed out in June 2006. Since then we received more responses which has made a significant difference in the result. Please use the updated survey for reference. We received 117 responses as of 9/1/06.

In general, uncertified, COA, COT and COMT positions perform the same jobs which include:

  • Histories
  • Visual Acuity
  • Tonometry
  • Refractometry
  • Visual Fields
  • Topography
  • A Scans
  • Patient check in and out
  • Filing and phone screening

 

Personnel performing the following skills received a higher wage:

  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • B-scans
  • OCT
  • Special testing such as ERG, EOG etc.
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Managers

 

Number of years in the field does not seem to effect salary. Benefits were pretty equal across the state and included:

  • Personal Health insurance
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick or personal days
  • 401 K
  • Discounted eye exams and eye wear
  • Discounted refractive surgery

 

2006 Salary Survey Results

Results By Region

Northern Colorado

Low High Average
COA
(5 responses)
13.50 17.00 14.98
COT
(10 responses)
13.63 29.00 21.64
Uncertified not reported not reported not reported

Denver Metro

Low High Average
COA
(19 responses)
14.65 26.76 20.09
COT
(26 responses)
14.00 38.00 22.89
Uncertified
(1 response)
17.00 17.00 17.00

Southern Colorado

Low High Average
COA
(21 responses)
11.30 20.75 15.46
COT
(20 responses)
14.25 24.00 18.27
Uncertified
(1 response)
12.90 12.90 12.90

Western Colorado

Low High Average
COA
(3 responses)
14.50 18.30 16.27
COT
(4 responses)
17.00 19.84 18.46
Uncertified
(3 responses)
14.00 15.00 14.33

Overall

Low High Average
COA
(48 responses)
11.30 26.76 17.28
COT
(61 responses)
13.63 38.00* 20.76
COMT not reported not reported not reported
Uncertified
(5 responses)
12.90 17.00 14.58
* Photographers and Managers

Results by Specialty

Low High Average
Cataract
(9 responses)
11.30 23.50 16-94
Corneal
(5 responses)
14.25 21.80 18.22
General
(62 responses)
10.50 38.00 18.48
Glaucoma
(5 responses)
17.00 24.60 19.19
Multi
(10 responses)
13.63 26.25 21.84
Pediatric
(3 responses)
12.90 15.00 14.18
Refractive
(4 responses)
1.00 26.76 17.90
Retina
(17 responses)
15.00 34.00 20.41
Other
(2 responses)
15.70 22.00 18.85