"For New Lawyers, the Going Rate Has Gone Up":
The Saturday New York Times has a story on how starting salaries are up for 1st year associates at many big New York law firms. The "going rate" at top New York firms is apparently $145,000 a year these days. I see that even Anonymous Law Firm is in on the act. By comparison, starting salaries at top NY firms a decade ago were $86,000 in 1996 dollars, if I recall correctly, which as best I can tell is roughly $110,000 in today's dollars.