In late 2005 and early 2006, associate salary raises hit the nation by storm, starting in Los Angeles and quickly spreading. But the most recent round of increases has been more like a slow trickle — and no one’s sure whether or not it will catch on in the same way.

When firms raised starting salaries in New York to $145,000 last year, experts — and associates — debated whether California-based firms would match their New York-level offers in their offices outside the Big Apple.

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