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Suboxone salary


I heard Nurse Practitioners that prescribe suboxone have a higher salary than average. Does any one know the structure of pay for prescribing suboxone? I live in Illinois.


Specializes in RN Student.

I just know they have to get special permission for a small set of patients and do 24 hours of training. I know where I live it's mostly doctors that prescribe and many won't take certain insurances and some only take cash and charge insane fees for each visit and when the patient starts they have to pay that fee first visit and the week after and two weeks after that then once monthly it can come up to 200-500 per visit. It seems though that the ones that take cash only prescribe higher amounts to the patients than those that take the insurances that's just what I found from people I knew who took the medication. A lot of the doctors get filled up esp the ones who don't charge a lot or take insurance. I wouldn't know though exactly how that would be paid out. I would imagine they would get a large portion of the fees they charge for the visits. The the spaces being filled up quickly and the demand for more ppl that can prescribe I can see how they would have a higher salary.


FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care. Has 3 years experience.

I'm not aware of them getting any more money, and I have an X-waiver.  In my experience, it just provides more opportunities when job-hunting

As described by the post above, You can charge more if you open up your own business.    Some employers offer percentage of cuts, which can also results in a higher salary.

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

It is possible that they are gaining more pay via billing as patient complexity may be higher and/or time with patient longer which can shift into higher billing codes. But there typically isn't a higher pay simply for being able to prescribe suboxone - however if you are in an area with a shortage of providers with x-waivers this can become a negotiating chip when job seeking and contract-bargaining.