I believe the range is something like 5k-25k. It's been adjusted several times to account for in-game inflation. I think way back when I started the range was like 1k-5k. I want to say I got about 2k plus change.
"May the Grace of Ara go with you, and His Vengeance be wrought upon your enemies."
Geez, I think I got 10k, but that new range will give the beginners a lot more money. I know there's inflation, but still that sum is pretty huge. My first paycheck was 100k and they might get that as starting money. WOW.