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. Gorski212212065$109,100
2.Patrick Berry185183261$97,900
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn158155339$73,200
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1501391131$65,050
7.Randolph Ross9999043$59,800
8.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
9.Joe DiPietro118118026$53,600
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. Silk837763$25,750
24.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
25.Peter A. Collins8272104$25,550
26.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
27.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
 A. J. Santora686805$23,900
29.Byron Walden655696$22,000
30.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
31.Lynn Lempel656413$21,450
32.Martin Ashwood-Smith696270$19,650
33.Trip Payne4140110$19,150
34.Joe Krozel6856121$18,950
35.Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
36.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
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.Ian Livengood403824$14,500
47.Michael Shteyman464153$14,450
48.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
49.Victor Fleming4020207$12,150
50.Caleb Madison292636$12,100
51.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
 Bryant White282805$11,900
53.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
54.Henry Hook252506$11,700
55.Joel Fagliano272705$11,600
56.David Quarfoot403461$11,450
57.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
58.Andrea Carla Michaels4322214$11,150
59.Jeff Chen2816127$10,800
 Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
 Allan E. Parrish363600$10,800
 Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
63.Tony Orbach22101214$10,750
64.John Farmer313102$10,700
 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
72.Brad Wilber3926130$9,750
73.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
74.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
75.Edward Sessa252502$8,900
76.Tim Croce302910$8,850
77.Dan Schoenholz131307$8,800
78.Bill Zais14959$8,700
79.Janet Bender262601$8,500
80.David Steinberg292451$8,300
81.Gary Cee252501$8,200
 Doug Peterson3317162$8,200
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.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
89.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
90.Jeremy Newton10828$7,600
 Adam G. Perl232301$7,600
92.Michael Torch181803$7,500
93.Myles Callum222201$7,300
94.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
 Mel Rosen131215$7,250
96.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
97.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
98.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
99.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
100.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
 Randy Sowell222200$6,600
102.Carolyn W. Stewart201911$6,550
103.Michael S. Maurer151413$6,450
104.joon pahk191453$6,350
105.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
 Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
 Pete Muller171165$6,300
108.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
109.Stanley Newman181801$6,100
110.Jim Hyres202000$6,000
 Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
112.Michael Ashley8805$5,900
 Kelsey Blakley8805$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
 Mark Feldman111103$5,400
 Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
 Lois Sidway181800$5,400
128.Julian Lim151501$5,200
129.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
 Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
131.Yaakov Bendavid5505$5,000
 Roy Leban121202$5,000
133.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
 Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
 Josh Knapp141401$4,900
 Natan Last141401$4,900
 Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
 John Wolting141401$4,900
139.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
 Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
 Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
 Peter Wentz161600$4,800
143.Samuel A. Donaldson141311$4,750
144.Merl Reagle6604$4,600
 Ben Tausig7525$4,600
146.Holden Baker161420$4,500
 William I. Johnston151500$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