Constructor value

Amount each constructor's 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. Gorski216216066$111,000
2.Patrick Berry196194265$104,000
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn158155338$72,500
5.Rich Norris185185017$67,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1521411132$66,350
7.Randolph Ross9999043$59,800
8.Joe DiPietro121121026$54,500
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
12.Alan Arbesfeld9999018$42,300
13.Fred Piscop101101013$39,400
14.Patrick Merrell8181019$37,600
15.Nancy Nicholson Joline4746133$36,700
16.Harvey Estes115704519$36,500
17.Gregory E. Paul11511500$34,500
18.Frank Longo6765214$29,600
19.Paula Gamache787538$28,200
20.Peter Gordon767607$27,700
Jim Page6969010$27,700
22.Peter A. Collins8776115$27,600
23.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
24.Barry C. Silk868063$26,650
25.Robert H. Wolfe5959010$24,700
26.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
27.Joe Krozel7965144$24,050
28.A. J. Santora666605$23,300
29.Frances Hansen3939016$22,900
Byron Walden685996$22,900
31.Lynn Lempel686713$22,350
32.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith716380$20,100
34.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
35.Patrick Blindauer53341912$18,300
Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
37.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
38.Matt Ginsberg3831713$17,700
39.Ian Livengood474345$17,000
40.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
41.Kevin G. Der3331210$16,250
42.Ed Early535211$16,100
43.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
44.Joel Fagliano363607$15,700
45.Mark Diehl515011$15,500
46.Jeff Chen39201911$15,150
47.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
48.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
49.Michael Shteyman474253$14,750
50.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
51.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
52.Victor Fleming4322217$12,900
53.Andrea Carla Michaels4825234$12,350
54.David Steinberg403372$12,000
55.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
57.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
58.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
60.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
61.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
62.John Farmer333302$11,300
63.Tony Orbach23101315$11,250
64.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
66.Dana Motley313102$10,700
67.Dan Schoenholz161608$10,400
68.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
70.David Levinson Wilk222205$10,100
71.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
Brad Wilber4126150$10,050
73.Will Nediger191906$9,900
74.Edward Sessa282802$9,800
75.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
76.Jeremy Newton1210210$9,600
Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
78.Tim Croce323110$9,450
79.Gary Cee282801$9,100
Dean Niles141407$9,100
81.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
82.Bill Zais14959$8,700
83.Doug Peterson3517182$8,500
84.Adam G. Perl252501$8,200
85.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
86.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
87.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
89.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Lou Sabin283257$7,800
91.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
92.Michael Torch181803$7,500
93.Myles Callum222201$7,300
94.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
Mel Rosen131215$7,250
96.Michael Ashley101006$7,200
97.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
98.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
99.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
100.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
Tom McCoy111105$6,800
102.Michael S. Maurer161513$6,750
103.Stanley Newman202001$6,700
104.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
105.Carolyn W. Stewart201911$6,550
106.joon pahk191453$6,350
107.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
110.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
111.Josh Knapp181801$6,100
Julian Lim181801$6,100
113.Samuel A. Donaldson161512$6,050
114.Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
Jim Hyres202000$6,000
Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
Randy Sowell202000$6,000
118.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
119.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
121.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
122.Kyle Mahowald151412$5,750
123.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
124.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
125.Todd Gross12844$5,450
126.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Peter Wentz181800$5,400
130.Fran Sabin240245$5,350
131.Timothy Polin131212$5,150
132.Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
Lois Sidway171700$5,100
134.Yaakov Bendavid5505$5,000
Roy Leban121202$5,000
136.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Natan Last141401$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
Finn Vigeland7704$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
142.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Charles E. Gersch161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
146.Ernie Furtado111102$4,700
147.Merl Reagle6604$4,600
Ben Tausig7525$4,600
Norman S. Wizer131301$4,600
150.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
153.John Greenman121201$4,300
154.Zhouqin Burnikel17981$4,250
Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
156.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
157.Tracy Gray111012$4,200
Kristian House141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
163.Todd McClary121111$4,150