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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 $500.

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:$500
Sunday:$1,500
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.

RankNameCountSoloCollabSun.Value
1.Patrick Berry227225274$187,000
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$176,500
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$151,000
4.David J. Kahn181176544$131,250
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1651491635$113,000
6.Rich Norris186186018$111,000
7.Randolph Ross107107046$99,500
8.Joe DiPietro128127128$91,750
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$85,750
10.Cathy Allis8484040$82,000
11.Alan Arbesfeld114114023$80,000
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$68,000
13.Fred Piscop104104014$66,000
14.Patrick Merrell8887121$64,750
15.Harvey Estes116714520$60,250
16.Gregory E. Paul11611600$58,000
17.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$57,250
18.Peter A. Collins10593125$54,000
19.Peter Gordon919107$52,500
20.Paula Gamache898548$51,000
21.Jeff Chen94385624$50,000
22.Byron Walden85711411$48,000
23.Frank Longo6866214$47,500
24.Barry C. Silk928663$47,000
25.Lynn Lempel838124$45,000
Jim Page7070010$45,000
27.David Steinberg8871176$44,750
28.Joe Krozel8772154$43,250
29.Matt Gaffney5857114$42,750
30.Joel Fagliano5751615$41,000
Robert H. Wolfe6060011$41,000
32.A. J. Santora686805$39,000
33.Bob Klahn60501013$38,500
34.Frances Hansen4040017$37,000
Randall J. Hartman747400$37,000
36.Martin Ashwood-Smith7868100$36,500
37.Matt Ginsberg4437716$33,750
38.Tom McCoy3232017$33,000
39.Patrick Blindauer57362114$32,750
40.Ian Livengood555146$32,500
41.Eric Berlin4037313$31,750
42.Mark Diehl636031$31,250
43.Kevin G. Der4038212$31,000
Timothy Polin494727$31,000
45.Trip Payne4241110$30,750
46.Charles M. Deber2020019$29,000
47.Zhouqin Burnikel5839196$28,750
48.Ed Early535211$26,750
Mike Nothnagel504554$26,750
50.Sherry O. Blackard534851$26,250
51.Michael Shteyman514563$26,000
52.Sarah Keller525020$25,500
Andrea Carla Michaels6228346$25,500
54.Bruce Haight464243$25,000
Sidney L. Robbins505000$25,000
56.Caleb Madison343139$24,750
57.Will Nediger2525011$23,500
58.Wayne Robert Williams383804$23,000
59.Edward Sessa373704$22,500
60.Victor Fleming4622247$21,500
Dan Schoenholz2323010$21,500
62.Chuck Deodene414100$20,500
63.Jeremy Newton1715213$20,000
64.Richard Hughes353502$19,500
Allan E. Parrish393900$19,500
Bob Peoples393363$19,500
Bryant White292905$19,500
68.David Quarfoot413471$19,250
Brad Wilber5126250$19,250
70.Gary Cee363601$19,000
71.Samuel A. Donaldson302376$18,750
72.John Farmer333302$18,500
Damon J. Gulczynski353501$18,500
Henry Hook252506$18,500
Peter Wentz333302$18,500
76.Tony Orbach25111415$18,000
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$18,000
Jacob Stulberg303003$18,000
David Levinson Wilk242406$18,000
80.Dana Motley313102$17,500
81.Richard Chisholm323201$17,000
82.Daniel A. Finan151509$16,500
Natan Last272165$16,500
Greg Staples252504$16,500
85.Tim Croce333210$16,250
Raymond Hamel272613$16,250
Jonathan Schmalzbach313011$16,250
88.Adam G. Perl303001$16,000
Karen M. Tracey323200$16,000
90.Dean Niles151508$15,500
Doug Peterson4117242$15,500
92.Erik Agard3017137$15,417
93.Tracy Gray241956$15,250
94.Finn Vigeland171348$15,000
95.Bill Zais1510510$14,750
96.Janet R. Bender272701$14,500
97.Kevan Choset272432$13,750
98.Josh Knapp232302$13,500
99.joon pahk231854$13,250
100.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$13,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$13,000
102.Sam Ezersky251693$12,750
103.Michael Ashley111107$12,500
Lou Sabin293267$12,500
Michael Torch191903$12,500
Ashish Vengsarkar151147$12,500
107.Nelson Hardy111017$12,250
108.Myles Callum222201$12,000
Julian Lim222201$12,000
Con Pederson8808$12,000
111.Tyler Hinman221752$11,750
Michael S. Maurer191633$11,750
Mel Rosen141315$11,750
114.Stanley Newman212101$11,500
Sam Trabucco171703$11,500
Andrew Zhou171703$11,500
117.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$11,250
Ross Trudeau131215$11,250
Ned White222111$11,250
120.Seth A. Abel121205$11,000
Gerald R. Ferguson222200$11,000
Alex K. Justin141404$11,000
Martin Schneider121205$11,000
Randy Sowell222200$11,000
125.Todd Gross171254$10,750
Jim Hyres212011$10,750
Kyle Mahowald181712$10,750
Pete Muller181176$10,750
David Phillips201911$10,750
130.Daniel C. Bryant9906$10,500
Rand H. Burns212100$10,500
Mary Lou Guizzo2210123$10,500
James Mulhern241860$10,500
Derrick Niederman7707$10,500
David Woolf171702$10,500
136.Lee Glickstein253226$10,000
Bernice Gordon211920$10,000
Oliver Hill161423$10,000
Robyn Weintraub202000$10,000
140.Adam Cohen191900$9,500
John Guzzetta201641$9,500
Norma Steinberg171701$9,500
143.Craig Kasper151054$9,250
Dave Tuller141133$9,250
Alex Vratsanos151233$9,250
146.Yaakov Bendavid6606$9,000
Kelsey Blakley8805$9,000
Ernie Furtado121203$9,000
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$9,000
Jules P. Markey181800$9,000
Lois Sidway181800$9,000
Norman S. Wizer141402$9,000
153.David Kwong181352$8,750
Fran Sabin250255$8,750
155.Karen Young Bonin111103$8,500
Mark Feldman111103$8,500
Susan Gelfand171700$8,500
Charles E. Gersch171700$8,500
Kristian House171700$8,500
Roy Leban131302$8,500
Robert Malinow9904$8,500
Thomas W. Schier171700$8,500
Jeffrey Wechsler171700$8,500
164.Robert Dillman161600$8,000
Patrick Jordan161600$8,000
Andrew Ries121202$8,000
Daniel R. Stark161600$8,000
Ben Tausig9725$8,000
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$8,000
John Wolting141401$8,000
171.Holden Baker161420$7,500
Kelly Clark151411$7,500
Robert W. Harris7704$7,500
William I. Johnston151500$7,500
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$7,500
Elizabeth A. Long131301$7,500
Ruth B. Margolin9903$7,500
Gene Newman151500$7,500
Merl Reagle7704$7,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$7,500
181.Ethan Cooper141221$7,000
Alex Eaton-Salners141400$7,000
Jason Flinn141400$7,000
John Greenman121201$7,000
Frederick J. Healy141400$7,000
Andy Kravis13584$7,000
Daniel Raymon121201$7,000
John Underwood141400$7,000
Michael Vuolo141400$7,000
190.Christopher Hurt111012$6,750
Todd McClary121111$6,750
Paolo Pasco131031$6,750
193.Gareth Bain141220$6,500
Mike Buckley131300$6,500
Jim Hilger131300$6,500
John Lampkin9902$6,500
Alfio Micci111101$6,500
Mark Elliot Skolsky131300$6,500
Xan Vongsathorn9902$6,500
200.Matthew Sewell9812$6,250
201.Victor Barocas10464$6,000
Michael Hawkins13941$6,000
Roland Huget121200$6,000
Andrew Kingsley131120$6,000
John Lieb141040$6,000
Stu Ockman121200$6,000
Alan Olschwang101001$6,000
Bruce Venzke191182$6,000
Robert Zimmerman121200$6,000
210.Sheldon Benardo111100$5,500
John R. Conrad111100$5,500
Gail Grabowski13940$5,500
Kurt Mueller7702$5,500
Mike Shenk7702$5,500
215.Peter Abide8712$5,250
216.Diane C. Baldwin8801$5,000
Bill Ballard101000$5,000
Alex Boisvert11920$5,000
Shannon Burns101000$5,000
Freddie Cheng8801$5,000
Mark Danna6602$5,000
Kyle T. Dolan8801$5,000
Paul Hunsberger8801$5,000
James R. Leeds8801$5,000
Eileen Lexau101000$5,000
Susan Harrington Smith101000$5,000
Mel Taub101000$5,000
Leonard Williams8801$5,000
229.Derek Bowman9631$4,750
Kameron Austin Collins10910$4,750
Francis Heaney8532$4,750
David Liben-Nowell11830$4,750
233.Joel Davajan7701$4,500
Levi Denham10820$4,500
Alan DerKazarian5502$4,500
Michael J. Doran7701$4,500
Don Gagliardo120123$4,500
R. Max Hopkins3303$4,500
Christina Houlihan Kelly9900$4,500
Jean O'Conor7701$4,500
Jim Peredo7701$4,500
Lloyd E. Pollet3303$4,500
David Pringle9900$4,500
Gary Steinmehl9900$4,500
Bill Thompson9900$4,500
Stanley B. Whitten9900$4,500
Joy L. Wouk9900$4,500
248.Milo Beckman9810$4,250
Michael Blake13490$4,250
Trenton Charlson9810$4,250
John Dunn8711$4,250
Pawel Fludzinski7611$4,250
Neville Fogarty9631$4,250
Nick Grivas9810$4,250
Daniel Kantor11650$4,250
David Poole9810$4,250
257.Ashton Anderson11560$4,000
Howard Barkin6601$4,000
Evan Birnholz8800$4,000
Bette Sue Cohen6601$4,000
Stella Daily140141$4,000
Caleb Emmons6601$4,000
Adam Fromm4402$4,000
Betty Jorgensen8800$4,000
Steve Kahn7522$4,000
Chris A. McGlothlin6601$4,000
Christopher Page8800$4,000
Glenton Petgrave8800$4,000
Janice M. Putney8800$4,000
Corey Rubin8800$4,000
Herre Schouwerwou8800$4,000
Bob Sefick8800$4,000
Kathy Wienberg6601$4,000
Raymond C. Young8800$4,000