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Washington-With the legal market humming and most big firms posting record profits last year, associates have to be wondering when the gusher of fees will trickle down to their bank accounts. The $125,000 standard base salary for first-years at top firms in the biggest markets hasn’t budged since the peak of the dot-com boom more than five years ago. A report issued last week by the National Association for Law Placement called entry-level salaries “remarkably stable.” But there is at least some evidence that pressure is building in the market for midlevel and senior-level associate pay increases. Washington firms Howrey and Arnold & Porter and New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom all have announced raises for their upper-level Washington associates this summer. Two Boston-based firms, Goodwin Procter, and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, gave raises to senior associates earlier this year.

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