Increase overall pension payouts by using pre-tax dollars to purchase available service credits. Take advantage of all government benefit programs (including those available to military veterans) to purchase certain OPERS pre-tax retirement benefits.
Know what working time counts towards service credits. For example, overtime pay may count, while accumulated vacation and unused sick time may not count towards your final pension calculation.
Coordinate available features and benefits to maximize all entitlements, if you are a member of multiple State of Ohio retirement programs. Properly coordinate vacation, sick pay, and deferred compensation payouts.