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. Gorski217217067$112,000
2.Patrick Berry199197266$105,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn160156439$73,650
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1531421132$66,650
7.Randolph Ross100100044$60,800
8.Joe DiPietro122122026$54,800
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
12.Alan Arbesfeld100100018$42,600
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.Peter A. Collins9079115$28,500
Paula Gamache797638$28,500
21.Peter Gordon767607$27,700
Jim Page6969010$27,700
23.Barry C. Silk888263$27,250
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
26.Joe Krozel8167144$24,650
27.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
28.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
30.Lynn Lempel706913$22,950
31.Byron Walden685996$22,900
32.Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
33.Martin Ashwood-Smith726480$20,400
34.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
35.Matt Ginsberg3932714$18,700
36.Patrick Blindauer53341912$18,300
Charles M. Deber1919018$18,300
38.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
39.Ian Livengood494545$17,600
40.Joel Fagliano393908$17,300
41.Kevin G. Der3432210$16,550
42.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
43.Ed Early535211$16,100
44.Jeff Chen41212012$15,950
45.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
46.Mark Diehl515011$15,500
47.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
48.Sarah Keller504910$14,850
49.Michael Shteyman474253$14,750
50.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
51.Caleb Madison302737$13,100
52.Victor Fleming4322217$12,900
David Steinberg433672$12,900
54.Andrea Carla Michaels5026244$12,800
55.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
57.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
58.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
60.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
61.Chuck Deodene383800$11,400
62.John Farmer333302$11,300
63.Tony Orbach23101315$11,250
64.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
66.Dana Motley313102$10,700
67.Jeremy Newton1311211$10,600
68.Brad Wilber4426180$10,500
69.Dan Schoenholz161608$10,400
70.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
72.Dean Niles151508$10,100
David Levinson Wilk222205$10,100
74.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
75.Will Nediger191906$9,900
76.Edward Sessa282802$9,800
77.Tim Croce333210$9,750
78.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
79.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
80.Gary Cee292901$9,400
81.Tom McCoy141407$9,100
82.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
83.Bill Zais14959$8,700
84.Doug Peterson3617192$8,650
85.Adam G. Perl252501$8,200
86.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
87.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
88.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
90.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
91.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
92.Kevan Choset252232$7,750
93.Samuel A. Donaldson191723$7,500
Michael Torch181803$7,500
95.Myles Callum222201$7,300
96.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
Mel Rosen131215$7,250
98.Michael Ashley101006$7,200
99.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
100.Timothy Polin171613$7,050
101.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
102.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
103.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
104.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
105.Michael S. Maurer161513$6,750
106.Stanley Newman202001$6,700
107.joon pahk201553$6,650
108.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
110.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
113.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
114.Josh Knapp181801$6,100
Julian Lim181801$6,100
116.Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
Jim Hyres202000$6,000
Derrick Niederman6606$6,000
119.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
120.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
122.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
123.Kyle Mahowald151412$5,750
124.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
Peter Wentz191900$5,700
127.Todd Gross13854$5,600
Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
129.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
131.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
135.Roy Leban131302$5,300
136.Zhouqin Burnikel2010102$5,200
Natan Last151501$5,200
138.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
140.Yaakov Bendavid5505$5,000
141.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
Finn Vigeland7704$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
146.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
149.Merl Reagle6604$4,600
Ben Tausig7525$4,600
151.Holden Baker161420$4,500
Tracy Gray121112$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
155.John Greenman121201$4,300
156.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
157.Kelly Clark141311$4,233
158.Kristian House141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Gary J. Whitehead141400$4,200
163.Todd McClary121111$4,150
164.Alfio Micci111101$4,000