Constructor value

Amount each constructor's Shortz Era contribution would be worth at today's prices

Note: this is not what constructors have been paid. It's what they would have been paid if today's prices had been offered throughout their career.

There are several problems with this calculation: only puzzles from the Shortz Era are considered here (back to 1993), Variety contributions (acrostic, diagramless, cryptic, etc.) are not included, and the payment amounts have varied over time. For example,the payment for daily puzzles increased from $200 to $300 on January 20, 2014, but the calculations here assume each daily is worth $300.

Payments for collaboration puzzles are assumed to be split evenly among the listed constructors.
Only constructors valued at least $4,000 are displayed here.

Current pay rates:
Daily:$300
Sunday:$1,000
RankNameCountSolosCollabsSundaysValue
1.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
2.Patrick Berry209207270$111,400
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn167163442$77,850
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1551421333$67,300
7.Randolph Ross101101045$61,800
8.Joe DiPietro123123027$55,800
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld103103020$44,900
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
13.Fred Piscop103103014$40,700
14.Patrick Merrell8484020$39,200
15.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
16.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
17.Gregory E. Paul11611600$34,800
18.Paula Gamache868338$30,600
19.Peter A. Collins9584115$30,000
20.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
21.Barry C. Silk918563$28,150
22.Peter Gordon777707$28,000
23.Jim Page6969010$27,700
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Joe Krozel8268144$24,950
27.Byron Walden7363107$24,600
28.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
29.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
31.Lynn Lempel727113$23,550
32.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith746680$21,000
34.Joel Fagliano4643310$20,000
35.Jeff Chen52242815$19,450
Trip Payne4241110$19,450
37.Patrick Blindauer54351913$19,300
38.Ian Livengood534945$18,800
39.Matt Ginsberg3932714$18,700
40.Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
41.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
42.Kevin G. Der3533210$16,850
43.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
44.Ed Early535211$16,100
45.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
46.Mark Diehl525111$15,800
47.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
48.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
David Steinberg504282$14,850
50.Michael Shteyman474253$14,750
51.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
52.Andrea Carla Michaels5226265$13,450
53.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
54.Victor Fleming4422227$13,050
55.Dan Schoenholz202009$12,300
56.Tom McCoy191909$12,000
57.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Jeremy Newton1513212$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
60.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
61.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
63.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
64.Tony Orbach24111315$11,550
65.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
66.John Farmer333302$11,300
67.Brad Wilber4826220$11,100
68.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
70.Dana Motley313102$10,700
Edward Sessa313102$10,700
72.David Levinson Wilk232305$10,400
73.Gary Cee323201$10,300
Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
76.Dean Niles151508$10,100
77.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
78.Will Nediger191906$9,900
79.Tim Croce333210$9,750
80.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
82.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
83.Timothy Polin232214$9,550
84.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
Zhouqin Burnikel3017134$8,800
Doug Peterson3717202$8,800
87.Adam G. Perl262601$8,500
88.Samuel A. Donaldson221844$8,450
89.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
90.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
91.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
93.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
94.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
96.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
97.Peter Wentz232301$7,600
98.Myles Callum222201$7,300
99.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
Mel Rosen131215$7,250
101.Michael Ashley101006$7,200
102.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
103.Michael S. Maurer171613$7,050
104.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
Julian Lim212101$7,000
106.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
107.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
108.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
109.Stanley Newman202001$6,700
110.joon pahk201553$6,650
111.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Tracy Gray161424$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
114.Natan Last171702$6,500
115.Josh Knapp191901$6,400
116.Kyle Mahowald171612$6,350
117.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
120.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
121.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
Jim Hyres202000$6,000
Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
125.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
126.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
128.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
129.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
131.Todd Gross13854$5,600
Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
133.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
135.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
139.Finn Vigeland9814$5,350
140.Roy Leban131302$5,300
141.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
143.Bruce Haight171610$4,950
144.Damon J. Gulczynski141401$4,900
Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Ben Tausig8625$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
Alex Vratsanos12933$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
152.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
155.David Phillips141311$4,750
156.James Mulhern181350$4,650
157.David Kwong151142$4,600
158.Holden Baker161420$4,500
Kristian House151500$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
162.John Greenman121201$4,300
163.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
164.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
165.Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Ned White141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
170.Todd McClary121111$4,150
171.Alfio Micci111101$4,000
Jacob Stulberg111101$4,000
David Woolf111101$4,000