$88k and $98k are both fiction.
Articling students downtown work for and are paid for 40 weeks.
$1900 x 40 = $76,000
$1700 x 40 plus the bonuses = $76,400
Both are clearly better than the $1450 paid before the summer raise, but going to $1900 from $1700 is just shuffling deck chairs without the extras.
the fantastic four have decided to follow suit and give bigger raises. Morgans decided not to, because they don't need to pay more to attract students. The tumultuous ten decided not to, because of their tumultuous finances.