It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.

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
Update:

As of January 1, 2017, the New York Times started paying higher rates for constructors who had ten or more previously published NYT puzzles. Daily pay went from $300 to $360, and Sunday from $1,000 to $1,200. These changes are not reflected in the calculations below.

RankNameCountSolosCollabsSundaysValue
1.Patrick Berry217215271$114,500
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn170166442$78,750
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1571441333$67,900
7.Randolph Ross101101045$61,800
8.Joe DiPietro124124028$56,800
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld104104020$45,200
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
13.Fred Piscop104104014$41,000
14.Patrick Merrell8585020$39,500
15.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
16.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
17.Gregory E. Paul11611600$34,800
18.Paula Gamache888448$31,050
19.Peter A. Collins9887115$30,900
20.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
21.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
22.Peter Gordon777707$28,000
Jim Page7070010$28,000
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Joe Krozel8469154$25,400
27.Byron Walden7665117$25,350
28.Lynn Lempel757414$25,150
29.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
30.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
32.Jeff Chen66273919$23,400
33.Joel Fagliano4946312$22,300
34.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
35.Martin Ashwood-Smith7767100$21,600
36.Ian Livengood555146$20,100
37.Matt Ginsberg4134715$20,000
38.Patrick Blindauer55352013$19,450
Trip Payne4241110$19,450
40.Kevin G. Der3735212$18,850
41.David Steinberg595094$18,450
42.Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
43.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
44.Mark Diehl555411$16,700
45.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
46.Tom McCoy2424013$16,300
47.Ed Early535211$16,100
48.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
49.Sarah Keller515010$15,150
50.Michael Shteyman484353$15,050
51.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
52.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
53.Caleb Madison312838$14,100
54.Andrea Carla Michaels5527285$14,050
55.Dan Schoenholz2222010$13,600
56.Victor Fleming4522237$13,200
57.Jeremy Newton1614213$12,900
58.Timothy Polin333124$12,400
59.Edward Sessa343403$12,300
60.Zhouqin Burnikel3924155$11,900
Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
63.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
64.Chuck Deodene393900$11,700
Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
67.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
68.Tony Orbach24111315$11,550
69.John Farmer333302$11,300
70.Brad Wilber4926230$11,250
71.Samuel A. Donaldson272256$11,200
72.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
74.Dana Motley313102$10,700
75.David Levinson Wilk232305$10,400
76.Gary Cee323201$10,300
Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
79.Dean Niles151508$10,100
80.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
81.Will Nediger191906$9,900
82.Tim Croce333210$9,750
83.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
85.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
86.Doug Peterson3817212$8,950
87.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
Adam G. Perl272701$8,800
89.Kevan Choset272432$8,350
90.Michael Ashley111107$8,200
Peter Wentz252501$8,200
92.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
93.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
94.Josh Knapp222202$8,000
Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
97.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
98.Bruce Haight222112$7,850
99.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
101.Mel Rosen141315$7,550
102.Tracy Gray191724$7,500
103.Myles Callum222201$7,300
Julian Lim222201$7,300
105.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
106.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
107.Michael S. Maurer171613$7,050
108.Damon J. Gulczynski212101$7,000
Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
Stanley Newman212101$7,000
Derrick Niederman7707$7,000
112.Natan Last191812$6,950
113.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
114.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
115.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
Finn Vigeland121025$6,800
117.Kyle Mahowald181712$6,650
joon pahk201553$6,650
119.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
121.Jim Hyres212011$6,500
122.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
125.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
126.James Mulhern231850$6,150
127.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
129.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
Todd Gross14954$5,900
David Woolf151502$5,900
132.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
134.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
Jacob Stulberg171701$5,800
136.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
138.David Phillips171611$5,650
139.Ned White181711$5,600
Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
141.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
143.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
147.Roy Leban131302$5,300
148.Ben Tausig9725$5,200
Alex Vratsanos131033$5,200
150.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Kristian House171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
153.Mary Lou Guizzo16882$5,000
154.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
159.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
162.David Kwong161152$4,750
163.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
164.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
167.John Greenman121201$4,300
168.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
169.Susan Gelfand141400$4,200
Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
175.Todd McClary121111$4,150
176.Alfio Micci111101$4,000