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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.

RankNameCountSoloCollabSun.Value
1.Patrick Berry226224273$118,600
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn179174544$82,350
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1641481635$70,950
6.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
7.Randolph Ross106106046$64,000
8.Joe DiPietro128127128$57,850
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld113113023$50,000
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
13.Fred Piscop104104014$41,000
14.Patrick Merrell8887121$40,950
15.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
16.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
17.Gregory E. Paul11611600$34,800
18.Peter A. Collins10492125$32,550
19.Peter Gordon898907$31,600
20.Paula Gamache898548$31,350
21.Jeff Chen90385224$31,100
22.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
23.Byron Walden83701310$28,900
24.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
25.Jim Page7070010$28,000
26.Lynn Lempel828024$27,100
27.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
28.Joe Krozel8772154$26,300
David Steinberg8468166$26,300
30.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
31.Joel Fagliano5651514$25,500
32.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
33.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
35.Randall J. Hartman747400$22,200
36.Martin Ashwood-Smith7868100$21,900
37.Tom McCoy3232017$21,500
38.Matt Ginsberg4336716$21,300
39.Patrick Blindauer57362114$20,600
40.Ian Livengood555146$20,100
41.Kevin G. Der4038212$19,750
42.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
43.Eric Berlin3936312$19,300
Charles M. Deber2020019$19,300
45.Mark Diehl636031$18,800
46.Timothy Polin474527$18,700
47.Zhouqin Burnikel5637195$16,400
48.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
49.Ed Early535211$16,100
50.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
51.Michael Shteyman514563$15,800
52.Caleb Madison343139$15,700
53.Andrea Carla Michaels6128336$15,450
54.Sarah Keller525020$15,300
55.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
56.Will Nediger2424011$14,900
57.Bruce Haight433943$14,400
58.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
59.Dan Schoenholz2323010$13,900
Edward Sessa373704$13,900
61.Victor Fleming4622247$13,350
62.Jeremy Newton1715213$13,200
63.Chuck Deodene414100$12,300
64.Bryant White292905$12,200
65.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
66.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
67.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Tony Orbach25111415$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
70.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
71.Brad Wilber5126250$11,550
72.Samuel A. Donaldson292276$11,500
73.David Levinson Wilk242406$11,400
74.John Farmer333302$11,300
Peter Wentz333302$11,300
76.Gary Cee353501$11,200
Damon J. Gulczynski353501$11,200
78.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
Jacob Stulberg292903$10,800
81.Dana Motley313102$10,700
82.Natan Last272165$10,350
83.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
85.Dean Niles151508$10,100
86.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
87.Jonathan Schmalzbach313011$9,850
88.Tim Croce333210$9,750
Finn Vigeland171348$9,750
90.Adam G. Perl303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
92.Tracy Gray241956$9,600
Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
94.Doug Peterson4017232$9,250
95.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
96.Kevan Choset272432$8,350
97.Josh Knapp232302$8,300
98.Michael Ashley111107$8,200
99.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
100.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
101.Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
103.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
104.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
106.Erik Agard2514116$7,733
107.Mel Rosen141315$7,550
108.Michael S. Maurer191633$7,350
109.Myles Callum222201$7,300
Julian Lim222201$7,300
111.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
112.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
113.Alex K. Justin141404$7,000
Stanley Newman212101$7,000
Derrick Niederman7707$7,000
116.joon pahk211653$6,950
117.Daniel C. Bryant9906$6,900
Andrew Zhou161603$6,900
119.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$6,850
120.Seth A. Abel111105$6,800
Todd Gross171254$6,800
Pete Muller181176$6,800
Ned White222111$6,800
124.Kyle Mahowald181712$6,650
125.Sam Ezersky231492$6,600
Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
128.David Phillips201911$6,550
129.Jim Hyres212011$6,500
David Woolf171702$6,500
131.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
James Mulhern241860$6,300
Sam Trabucco141403$6,300
135.Mary Lou Guizzo2010103$6,250
Oliver Hill161423$6,250
137.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
139.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
140.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
142.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
Alex Vratsanos151233$5,800
144.John Guzzetta201641$5,750
145.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
147.Ross Trudeau10914$5,650
148.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
149.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
151.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
155.David Kwong181352$5,350
156.Roy Leban131302$5,300
157.Ben Tausig9725$5,200
158.Susan Gelfand171700$5,100
Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Kristian House171700$5,100
Jules P. Markey171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
Jeffrey Wechsler171700$5,100
Robyn Weintraub171700$5,100
165.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
170.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
173.Elizabeth A. Long131301$4,600
174.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
175.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Ruth B. Margolin8803$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$4,500
180.Andrew Ries101002$4,400
181.John Greenman121201$4,300
Daniel Raymon121201$4,300
183.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
184.Alex Eaton-Salners141400$4,200
Jason Flinn141400$4,200
Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
190.Todd McClary121111$4,150
191.John Lampkin9902$4,100
Xan Vongsathorn9902$4,100
193.Alfio Micci111101$4,000
Paolo Pasco121021$4,000