More California-based firms are opting for a segmented associate salary scale, hiking pay to $160,000 in New York offices but implementing a $145,000 scale on the West Coast. But a move from another large firm could be enough to force firms that have raised to less than $160,000 to go the rest of the way, says recruiter Avis Caravello. "Let's say Latham goes to 160 -- there's no way O'Melveny or Gibson will stand by and let it happen," she says. "All you need is for one big California firm to do it."
Most Calif. Firms Still Not Matching N.Y. Associates' Pay
January 31, 2007