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 Berry189187263$100,500
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn158155339$73,200
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1521411132$66,350
7.Randolph Ross9999043$59,800
8.Joe DiPietro120120026$54,200
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
12.Fred Piscop102102014$40,400
13.Alan Arbesfeld9797016$40,300
14.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
15.Patrick Merrell8181019$37,600
16.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
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.Barry C. Silk847863$26,050
24.Peter A. Collins8373104$25,850
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
27.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
29.Lynn Lempel676613$22,050
30.Byron Walden655696$22,000
31.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
32.Martin Ashwood-Smith706280$19,800
33.Joe Krozel7058121$19,550
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.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
40.Ed Early535211$16,100
Ian Livengood444045$16,100
42.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
43.Mark Diehl515011$15,500
44.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
45.Kevin G. Der312929$14,950
46.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
47.Joel Fagliano333307$14,800
48.Michael Shteyman464153$14,450
49.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
50.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
51.Jeff Chen3418169$13,050
52.Victor Fleming4221217$12,600
53.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Andrea Carla Michaels4624224$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
56.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
57.Henry Hook252506$11,700
58.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
59.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
60.Tony Orbach23101315$11,250
61.Allan E. Parrish373700$11,100
62.John Farmer323202$11,000
63.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
65.Dana Motley313102$10,700
66.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
68.Dean Niles151508$10,100
David Levinson Wilk222205$10,100
70.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
71.Will Nediger191906$9,900
Brad Wilber4026140$9,900
73.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
74.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
75.Dan Schoenholz151507$9,400
76.David Steinberg332761$9,350
77.Edward Sessa262602$9,200
78.Tim Croce313010$9,150
79.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
80.Bill Zais14959$8,700
81.Gary Cee262601$8,500
82.Doug Peterson3417172$8,350
83.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
84.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
85.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
87.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
88.Adam G. Perl242401$7,900
89.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
90.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
91.Jeremy Newton10828$7,600
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
101.Michael S. Maurer161513$6,750
102.Stanley Newman202001$6,700
103.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$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.Samuel A. Donaldson161512$6,050
112.Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
Jim Hyres202000$6,000
Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
115.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
116.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
118.Josh Knapp171701$5,800
Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
120.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
122.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
123.Julian Lim161601$5,500
Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
126.Kyle Mahowald141312$5,450
127.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
131.Todd Gross11744$5,150
132.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
Peter Wentz171700$5,100
135.Yaakov Bendavid5505$5,000
Roy Leban121202$5,000
137.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Natan Last141401$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
142.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
145.Merl Reagle6604$4,600
Ben Tausig7525$4,600
147.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Tom McCoy8803$4,500
150.Timothy Polin101002$4,400
151.John Greenman121201$4,300
152.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
153.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
154.Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
Gene Newman141400$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
159.Todd McClary121111$4,150
160.Alfio Micci111101$4,000