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.Patrick Berry211209271$112,700
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn168164442$78,150
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 Piscop104104014$41,000
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. Collins9685115$30,300
20.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
21.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
22.Peter Gordon777707$28,000
23.Jim Page6969010$27,700
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Byron Walden7564117$25,050
27.Joe Krozel8268144$24,950
28.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
29.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
31.Lynn Lempel737213$23,850
32.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith756690$21,150
34.Jeff Chen54243016$20,100
35.Joel Fagliano4643310$20,000
36.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
37.Patrick Blindauer54351913$19,300
38.Matt Ginsberg4033714$19,000
39.Ian Livengood534945$18,800
40.Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
41.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
42.Kevin G. Der3634211$17,850
43.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
44.David Steinberg524483$16,150
45.Ed Early535211$16,100
46.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
47.Mark Diehl525111$15,800
48.Sarah Keller515010$15,150
49.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
50.Michael Shteyman474253$14,750
51.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
52.Andrea Carla Michaels5326275$13,600
53.Tom McCoy2121010$13,300
54.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
55.Victor Fleming4422227$13,050
56.Dan Schoenholz202009$12,300
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 Wilber4926230$11,250
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.Timothy Polin242314$9,850
80.Tim Croce333210$9,750
Samuel A. Donaldson242045$9,750
82.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
84.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
85.Zhouqin Burnikel3118134$9,100
86.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
Adam G. Perl272701$8,800
Doug Peterson3717202$8,800
89.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
90.Kevan Choset262332$8,050
Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
92.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
94.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
95.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
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
Josh Knapp212101$7,000
Julian Lim212101$7,000
107.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
Tracy Gray171524$6,900
109.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
110.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
111.Stanley Newman202001$6,700
112.Natan Last181712$6,650
joon pahk201553$6,650
114.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
116.Finn Vigeland11925$6,500
117.Kyle Mahowald171612$6,350
118.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
121.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
122.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
Jim Hyres202000$6,000
Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
126.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
Todd Gross14954$5,900
128.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
130.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
131.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
133.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
David Woolf141402$5,600
135.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
137.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
141.Roy Leban131302$5,300
142.Bruce Haight181710$5,250
James Mulhern201550$5,250
144.Damon J. Gulczynski151501$5,200
Alex Vratsanos131033$5,200
146.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
148.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Ben Tausig8625$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
154.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
157.David Kwong161152$4,750
David Phillips141311$4,750
159.Holden Baker161420$4,500
Kristian House151500$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
163.John Greenman121201$4,300
Jacob Stulberg121201$4,300
165.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
166.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
167.Susan Gelfand141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Ned White141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
173.Todd McClary121111$4,150
174.Mary Lou Guizzo12662$4,100
175.Alfio Micci111101$4,000