Pay increase and high-3


Q. I just received a pay increase that became effective March 1. I plan on retiring in June. Will this pay increase count toward my high-3? I’m CSRS.

A. Yes, because your high-3 is based on the average of your highest three years (78 pay periods) of basic pay you received.


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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

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