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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 $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 Berry220218271$115,400
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn171167442$79,050
5.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
6.Brendan Emmett Quigley1571441333$67,900
7.Randolph Ross102102046$62,800
8.Joe DiPietro125125028$57,100
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld107107022$47,500
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 Gamache898548$31,350
19.Peter A. Collins9988115$31,200
20.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
21.Peter Gordon808007$28,900
22.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
23.Jim Page7070010$28,000
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Byron Walden7766118$26,350
26.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
27.Lynn Lempel767514$25,450
28.Joe Krozel8469154$25,400
29.Jeff Chen70294120$24,650
30.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
31.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
33.Joel Fagliano5047312$22,600
34.Martin Ashwood-Smith7868100$21,900
Randall J. Hartman737300$21,900
36.Ian Livengood555146$20,100
37.Matt Ginsberg4134715$20,000
38.Patrick Blindauer55352013$19,450
Trip Payne4241110$19,450
40.David Steinberg6352114$19,350
41.Charles M. Deber2020019$19,300
42.Kevin G. Der3735212$18,850
43.Eric Berlin3735211$18,150
44.Tom McCoy2626014$17,600
45.Mark Diehl565511$17,000
46.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
47.Ed Early535211$16,100
48.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
49.Michael Shteyman494453$15,350
50.Sarah Keller525020$15,300
Timothy Polin383626$15,300
52.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
53.Andrea Carla Michaels5627295$14,200
Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
55.Caleb Madison312838$14,100
56.Dan Schoenholz2222010$13,600
57.Victor Fleming4622247$13,350
58.Jeremy Newton1715213$13,200
59.Zhouqin Burnikel4327165$12,950
60.Edward Sessa353503$12,600
61.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.Brad Wilber5026240$11,400
70.John Farmer333302$11,300
71.Samuel A. Donaldson272256$11,200
72.Will Nediger202007$10,900
73.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
75.Dana Motley313102$10,700
76.Gary Cee333301$10,600
77.David Levinson Wilk232305$10,400
78.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
80.Dean Niles151508$10,100
81.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
82.Tim Croce333210$9,750
83.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
85.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
86.Doug Peterson3917222$9,100
87.Bruce Haight262512$9,050
88.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
Adam G. Perl272701$8,800
90.Peter Wentz262601$8,500
91.Kevan Choset272432$8,350
92.Michael Ashley111107$8,200
93.Tracy Gray211745$8,150
94.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
95.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
96.Josh Knapp222202$8,000
Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
Jacob Stulberg222202$8,000
100.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
101.Damon J. Gulczynski242401$7,900
102.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
104.Natan Last211923$7,750
105.Mel Rosen141315$7,550
106.Myles Callum222201$7,300
Julian Lim222201$7,300
Finn Vigeland131036$7,300
109.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
110.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
111.Michael S. Maurer171613$7,050
112.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
Stanley Newman212101$7,000
Derrick Niederman7707$7,000
115.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
116.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
117.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
118.Kyle Mahowald181712$6,650
joon pahk201553$6,650
120.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
122.Jim Hyres212011$6,500
123.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
James Mulhern241860$6,300
Pete Muller171165$6,300
127.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
128.Todd Gross151054$6,200
129.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
131.David Phillips181711$5,950
132.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
Ned White191811$5,900
David Woolf151502$5,900
135.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
137.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
138.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
140.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.Mary Lou Guizzo17982$5,300
Roy Leban131302$5,300
149.Ben Tausig9725$5,200
Alex Vratsanos131033$5,200
151.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Kristian House171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
154.David Kwong171252$5,050
155.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
160.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Susan Gelfand161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
164.Andrew Zhou131301$4,600
165.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
166.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$4,500
170.John Greenman121201$4,300
171.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
172.Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
Jules P. Markey141400$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Jeffrey Wechsler141400$4,200
178.Todd McClary121111$4,150
179.Alfio Micci111101$4,000