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 Berry193191264$102,400
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn159156339$73,500
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.Alan Arbesfeld9898017$41,300
13.Fred Piscop102102014$40,400
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.Peter A. Collins8575105$27,150
23.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
24.Barry C. Silk857963$26,350
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
27.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
29.Lynn Lempel686713$22,350
30.Byron Walden665796$22,300
31.Joe Krozel7462123$22,150
32.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith706280$19,800
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 Livengood454145$16,400
40.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
41.Ed Early535211$16,100
42.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
43.Mark Diehl515011$15,500
44.Joel Fagliano353507$15,400
45.Kevin G. Der323029$15,250
46.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
47.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
48.Michael Shteyman474253$14,750
49.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
50.Jeff Chen36181810$13,700
51.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
52.Victor Fleming4221217$12,600
53.Andrea Carla Michaels4725224$12,200
54.Richard Hughes353502$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.John Farmer333302$11,300
61.Tony Orbach23101315$11,250
62.Allan E. Parrish373700$11,100
63.David Steinberg363062$10,950
64.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
66.Dana Motley313102$10,700
67.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
69.Dean Niles151508$10,100
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.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
77.Tim Croce323110$9,450
78.Dan Schoenholz151507$9,400
79.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
Gary Cee272701$8,800
81.Bill Zais14959$8,700
82.Jeremy Newton11929$8,600
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.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
90.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$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
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.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
117.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
118.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
120.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
121.Kyle Mahowald151412$5,750
122.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
124.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
125.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
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.Timothy Polin111102$4,700
146.Merl Reagle6604$4,600
Ben Tausig7525$4,600
Finn Vigeland6604$4,600
149.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Tom McCoy8803$4,500
152.John Greenman121201$4,300
153.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
154.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
155.Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
Gene Newman141400$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
160.Todd McClary121111$4,150
161.Alfio Micci111101$4,000