October 24th, 2010


Ten Cents

Apple pays biweekly, and I recently got a raise to an even multiple of 26. This is why I noticed that my paycheck was not exactly ($salary / 26), but ($salary / 26) + $0.10.

My hourly pay is consistent; it's $0.00125 higher than $salary / 26 / 80.

I'm curious about why this discrepancy is there. It's not obviously explained by floating point error, because all the relevant values can be represented exactly with floats.

I started to compose an e-mail to the payroll department - but I realized that the time I've spent thinking about it has already spent more of Apple's money than would be spent through this discrepancy in several years, and involving other people will just add to the time spent chasing down something not worth chasing down.