After several years of stability, some major South Florida law firms are significantly raising first-year pay for associates. But not by the dramatic amounts seen in the pay hike epidemic of 2000.

The Miami offices of Greenberg Traurig, White & Case, and Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod have all boosted rates for rookies, with the increases ranging from about 4 percent to nearly 10 percent. Others, such as Holland & Knight, are sweetening the pot for first-years with generous hiring bonuses.