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. Gorski211211064$108,100
2.Patrick Berry183181260$96,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn158155339$73,200
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1481371131$64,450
7.Randolph Ross9898042$58,800
8.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
9.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
10.Joe DiPietro117117025$52,600
11.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
12.Fred Piscop102102014$40,400
13.Alan Arbesfeld9696016$40,000
14.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
15.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
16.Patrick Merrell8080019$37,300
17.Gregory E. Paul11611600$34,800
18.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
19.Paula Gamache787538$28,200
20.Peter Gordon767607$27,700
 Jim Page6969010$27,700
22.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
23.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
24.Barry C. Silk817563$25,150
25.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
26.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
 A. J. Santora686805$23,900
28.Peter A. Collins7868103$23,650
29.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
30.Lynn Lempel636213$20,850
 Byron Walden635585$20,850
32.Trip Payne4140110$19,150
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith676070$19,050
34.Joe Krozel6856121$18,950
35.Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
36.Eric Berlin3634210$17,150
37.Matt Ginsberg3629712$16,400
38.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
39.Ed Early535211$16,100
40.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
41.Mark Diehl515011$15,500
42.Patrick Blindauer44261811$15,400
43.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
44.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
45.Kevin G. Der302919$14,800
46.Michael Shteyman464153$14,450
47.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
48.Ian Livengood383624$13,900
49.Caleb Madison292636$12,100
50.Victor Fleming3920197$12,000
51.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
 Bryant White282805$11,900
53.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
54.Henry Hook252506$11,700
55.David Quarfoot403461$11,450
56.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
57.Joel Fagliano252505$11,000
58.Andrea Carla Michaels4221214$10,850
59.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
 Allan E. Parrish363600$10,800
 Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
62.John Farmer313102$10,700
 Dana Motley313102$10,700
64.Jeff Chen2716117$10,650
65.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
 Greg Staples252504$10,300
67.Dean Niles151508$10,100
 David Levinson Wilk222205$10,100
69.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
70.Will Nediger191906$9,900
71.Tony Orbach2191213$9,750
72.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
73.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
74.Brad Wilber3725120$9,300
75.Bill Zais14959$8,700
76.Janet Bender262601$8,500
77.Tim Croce282800$8,400
78.Edward Sessa232302$8,300
79.Doug Peterson3317162$8,200
80.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
81.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
82.Con Pederson8808$8,000
 Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
84.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
85.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
 Dan Schoenholz121206$7,800
87.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
88.Gary Cee232301$7,600
 Jeremy Newton10828$7,600
90.Michael Torch181803$7,500
91.David Steinberg262151$7,400
92.Myles Callum222201$7,300
 Adam G. Perl222201$7,300
94.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
 Mel Rosen131215$7,250
96.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
97.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
98.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
99.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
 Randy Sowell222200$6,600
101.Carolyn W. Stewart201911$6,550
102.Michael S. Maurer151413$6,450
103.joon pahk191453$6,350
104.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
 Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
 Pete Muller171165$6,300
107.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
108.Stanley Newman181801$6,100
109.Jim Hyres202000$6,000
 Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
111.Michael Ashley8805$5,900
 Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
 Daniel C. Bryant8805$5,900
114.Bernice Gordon201910$5,850
 Craig Kasper151054$5,850
 Dave Tuller141133$5,850
117.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
118.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
 Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
120.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
121.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
 Fran Sabin250255$5,500
123.Kyle Mahowald141312$5,450
124.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
 Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
 Lois Sidway181800$5,400
127.Mark Feldman101003$5,100
 Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
 Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
130.Yaakov Bendavid5505$5,000
 Roy Leban121202$5,000
132.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
 Natan Last141401$4,900
 Julian Lim141401$4,900
 Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
 John Wolting141401$4,900
137.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
 Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
 Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
140.Samuel A. Donaldson141311$4,750
141.Pamela Amick Klawitter6604$4,600
 Josh Knapp131301$4,600
 Merl Reagle6604$4,600
 Ben Tausig7525$4,600
145.Holden Baker161420$4,500
 William I. Johnston151500$4,500
 Peter Wentz151500$4,500
148.John Greenman121201$4,300
149.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
150.Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
 Gene Newman141400$4,200
 John Underwood141400$4,200
 Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
 Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
155.Todd Gross10643$4,150
 Todd McClary121111$4,150
157.Alfio Micci111101$4,000