Time limits for high-3 to take effect?


Q: I know it won’t matter for at least the next several years, but when we receive a pay raise at the beginning of the year, how long do we need to be at the new salary for it to be a part of the computation of our high-3?

A: A high-3 is simply the average of the three highest consecutive years of base pay, whenever they occur. Assuming that your most recent 36 months are the basis for your high-3, for every additional month you work at the same or higher pay rate, one month will be dropped from the beginning of the sequence.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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