Just when large Philadelphia firms thought they were closing the starting salary gap with their New York counterparts, along comes Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. The Manhattan law firm giant announced last week that it was raising first-year associate wages at all offices from $107,000 to $140,000.

The Skadden move comes on the heels of announcements by Davis Polk & Wardwell and other New York firms that they will raise starting base salaries to $125,000 to keep up with the hefty hikes by Silicon Valley firms that were trying to compete with technology companies who are swiping their best mid-level associates.

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