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. Gorski218218067$112,300
2.Patrick Berry206204268$109,100
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn162158440$74,950
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1551421333$67,300
7.Randolph Ross100100044$60,800
8.Joe DiPietro123123027$55,800
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld102102019$43,900
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
13.Fred Piscop102102014$40,400
14.Patrick Merrell8484020$39,200
15.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
16.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
17.Gregory E. Paul11611600$34,800
18.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
19.Peter A. Collins9483115$29,700
Paula Gamache838038$29,700
21.Barry C. Silk918563$28,150
22.Peter Gordon767607$27,700
Jim Page6969010$27,700
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Joe Krozel8268144$24,950
27.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
28.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
30.Byron Walden716296$23,800
31.Lynn Lempel706913$22,950
32.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith736580$20,700
34.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
35.Jeff Chen49232615$18,850
36.Matt Ginsberg3932714$18,700
37.Ian Livengood524845$18,500
38.Patrick Blindauer53341912$18,300
Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
40.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
41.Joel Fagliano424028$17,900
42.Kevin G. Der3533210$16,850
43.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
44.Ed Early535211$16,100
45.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
46.Mark Diehl515011$15,500
47.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
48.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
49.Michael Shteyman474253$14,750
50.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
51.David Steinberg463972$13,800
52.Andrea Carla Michaels5226265$13,450
53.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
54.Victor Fleming4422227$13,050
55.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Jeremy Newton1513212$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
58.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
59.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
Dan Schoenholz181809$11,700
62.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
63.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
64.John Farmer333302$11,300
65.Tony Orbach23101315$11,250
66.Brad Wilber4726210$10,950
67.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
69.Tom McCoy171708$10,700
Dana Motley313102$10,700
71.David Levinson Wilk232305$10,400
72.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
74.Dean Niles151508$10,100
Edward Sessa292902$10,100
76.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
77.Gary Cee313101$10,000
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.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
84.Doug Peterson3617192$8,650
85.Adam G. Perl262601$8,500
86.Samuel A. Donaldson221844$8,450
87.Timothy Polin212013$8,250
88.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
89.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
90.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
92.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
93.Zhouqin Burnikel2615114$7,900
94.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
96.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
97.Myles Callum222201$7,300
Peter Wentz222201$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
105.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
106.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
107.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
108.Stanley Newman202001$6,700
109.joon pahk201553$6,650
110.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Tracy Gray161424$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
113.Julian Lim191901$6,400
114.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
117.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
118.Josh Knapp181801$6,100
119.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
Jim Hyres202000$6,000
Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
123.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
124.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
126.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
127.Kyle Mahowald151412$5,750
128.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
130.Todd Gross13854$5,600
Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
132.Natan Last161601$5,500
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.Roy Leban131302$5,300
140.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
142.Finn Vigeland8714$5,050
143.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
150.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
153.Bruce Haight161510$4,650
154.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
157.James Mulhern171250$4,350
158.John Greenman121201$4,300
David Phillips121201$4,300
160.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
161.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
162.Kristian House141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Ned White141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
168.Todd McClary121111$4,150
169.Damon J. Gulczynski111101$4,000
David Kwong13942$4,000
Alfio Micci111101$4,000