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Cravath, Swaine & Moore confirmed Monday that it is increasing base salaries to $180,000 for first-year associates and $315,000 in their eighth year, according to the firm.

The last boost in associate base pay at the firm occurred in 2007 just prior to the recession, when base salary was raised to $160,000, sources at the firm said.

The raise represents a $20,000 increase for first-year associates, rising to a $35,000 boost for seventh and eighth-year associates. The raise was effective May 1 2016, and will appear in paychecks starting July 8, the firm confirmed.

With $666.5 million in gross revenue last year, Cravath placed 50th on The American Lawyer’s 2016 Am Law 200 ranking. Profits per partner at the firm grew 5.65 percent last year to $3.56 million in 2015, which was sixth in PPP. Revenue per lawyer was $1.41 million, according to the latest 2016 ranking.

The National Association of Law Placement Associate Survey in April 2015 found that $160,000 was the most commonly reported starting salary for associates at the largest firms in the largest markets, which include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Most Cravath associates work in New York City.

News of the pay boost was first reported in Above The Law.

James Leipold, executive director of the National Association for Law Placement declined to comment on the Cravath pay raise and whether it would influence other firms to do the same.

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