Ages ago, I discussed the (usually low-end/cheaper/commodity) environmental firms that keep their entry-level folks in the field non-stop and save money by not paying overtime. But what about organizations that prefer to retain employees and are willing to pay them to do so?
I've always worked for environmental firms that paid overtime for fieldwork/billable work, although policies varied regarding non-billable work. But I know of other firms that do not pay overtime. Instead, they have a much better base pay.
I like being paid overtime. It means that when I work an outrageously
long day (or week), I have something tangible to show for it. It also
means that I don't have as much pressure to work long hours if the firm
isn't as busy. However, I do have enough of a financial cushion that I'm
ok with somewhat erratic pay, and my overtime is a bonus and not a
personal financial requirement.
If you could choose a higher salary to make up for a lack of overtime, how much higher would it need to be? Would it be equal to your base pay + overtime, averaged over an entire year? Or would you want to be paid a certain amount extra, to make up for the uncertainty in your schedule?