New Jersey’s large firms are hiring larger classes of new associates and boosting first-year salaries by more than 10 percent, a New Jersey Law Journal survey finds.

Salaries this fall at a sampling of 21 firms will range from $95,000 to $130,000, and hires are up 19 percent, to 157 from 131 last year. The largest New Jersey-based firms will pay $120,000 to $125,000. [See chart.]