Q. I worked second shift for 18 years and was forced on day shift a little over a year ago. I understand my high-3 will be determined when I worked swing shift. How do they arrive at the swing shift high-3 figures when I’m working day shift at the present time? I had a lot of overtime pay, as well, so how does the Office of Personnel Management separate the overtime from the second-shift wages?
A. Since overtime pay is never included when calculating a high-3, that’s not a problem. OPM will use your basic pay for the highest three consecutive years of average pay, wherever they occur in your career.