More California-based firms are opting for a segmented associate salary scale, hiking pay to a $160,000 base in their New York offices but implementing a $145,000 scale in California.

The salary fragmentation between New York and California began last week with O’Melveny & Myers and Morrison & Foerster and continued Monday with Los Angeles-based Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker also went to the higher scale in New York on Monday, but has made no announcement about California.

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