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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. Kahn187182544$134,250
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1721551738$118,750
6.Rich Norris186186018$111,000
7.Randolph Ross114114050$107,000
8.Joe DiPietro132131129$94,750
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$85,750
10.Alan Arbesfeld120120023$83,000
11.Cathy Allis8484040$82,000
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$68,000
13.Patrick Merrell9189222$67,000
Fred Piscop106106014$67,000
15.Jeff Chen121437830$61,000
16.Peter A. Collins114101137$60,250
Harvey Estes116714520$60,250
18.Peter Gordon10010008$58,000
Gregory E. Paul11611600$58,000
20.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$57,250
21.Byron Walden93781513$53,250
22.Paula Gamache898548$51,000
23.David Steinberg9878208$50,500
24.Lynn Lempel939124$50,000
25.Frank Longo6967215$49,000
26.Barry C. Silk928663$47,000
27.Joel Fagliano6357617$46,000
28.Jim Page7070010$45,000
29.Joe Krozel8772154$43,250
30.Matt Gaffney5857114$42,750
31.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$41,000
32.A. J. Santora686805$39,000
33.Bob Klahn60501013$38,500
34.Martin Ashwood-Smith7969100$37,000
Frances Hansen4040017$37,000
Randall J. Hartman747400$37,000
37.Matt Ginsberg4639717$35,750
38.Zhouqin Burnikel7050206$34,500
Tom McCoy3333018$34,500
40.Eric Berlin4239314$33,750
41.Patrick Blindauer59372214$33,500
42.Timothy Polin535127$33,000
43.Mark Diehl666331$32,750
44.Erik Agard68323611$32,583
45.Ian Livengood555146$32,500
46.Kevin G. Der4138312$31,250
47.Will Nediger3531415$31,000
48.Trip Payne4241110$30,750
49.Andrea Carla Michaels7330437$29,250
50.Charles M. Deber2020019$29,000
51.Bruce Haight544863$28,500
52.Ed Early535211$26,750
Mike Nothnagel504554$26,750
54.Sherry O. Blackard534851$26,250
55.Michael Shteyman514563$26,000
56.Sarah Keller535030$25,750
57.Edward Sessa434304$25,500
58.Caleb Madison353239$25,250
59.Sidney L. Robbins505000$25,000
60.Wayne Robert Williams383804$23,000
61.Alex Eaton-Salners403733$22,250
62.Dan Schoenholz2424010$22,000
Ross Trudeau3828106$22,000
64.Samuel A. Donaldson342598$21,750
Natan Last332498$21,750
66.Victor Fleming4622247$21,500
Damon J. Gulczynski414101$21,500
Jeremy Newton2018213$21,500
69.Gary Cee404001$21,000
Chuck Deodene424200$21,000
71.Brad Wilber5627290$20,750
72.Peter Wentz373702$20,500
73.Tony Orbach27121517$20,250
74.David Levinson Wilk262607$20,000
75.Tracy Gray312388$19,500
Richard Hughes353502$19,500
Allan E. Parrish393900$19,500
Bob Peoples393363$19,500
Bryant White292905$19,500
80.David Quarfoot413471$19,250
81.Jacob Stulberg323203$19,000
82.Sam Ezersky332495$18,750
83.John Farmer333302$18,500
Henry Hook252506$18,500
85.Doug Peterson4719283$18,000
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$18,000
87.Dana Motley313102$17,500
Sam Trabucco252505$17,500
89.Richard Chisholm323201$17,000
90.Daniel A. Finan151509$16,500
Greg Staples252504$16,500
Finn Vigeland181449$16,500
Robyn Weintraub333300$16,500
94.Tim Croce333210$16,250
Raymond Hamel272613$16,250
Jonathan Schmalzbach313011$16,250
97.Adam G. Perl303001$16,000
Karen M. Tracey323200$16,000
99.John Guzzetta342681$15,500
Dean Niles151508$15,500
101.Trenton Charlson262512$14,750
Andrew Ries242313$14,750
Bill Zais1510510$14,750
104.Janet R. Bender272701$14,500
105.Josh Knapp242402$14,000
Julian Lim242402$14,000
107.Kevan Choset272432$13,750
joon pahk251874$13,750
109.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$13,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$13,000
111.Ned White252411$12,750
112.Seth A. Abel131306$12,500
Michael Ashley111107$12,500
Stanley Newman232301$12,500
Lou Sabin293267$12,500
Michael Torch191903$12,500
Ashish Vengsarkar151147$12,500
118.Nelson Hardy111017$12,250
David Kwong211654$12,250
120.Myles Callum222201$12,000
Con Pederson8808$12,000
Andrew Zhou181803$12,000
123.Tyler Hinman221752$11,750
Michael S. Maurer191633$11,750
Mel Rosen141315$11,750
126.Mary Lou Guizzo2511143$11,500
127.Carolyn W. Stewart212011$11,250
128.Victor Barocas166108$11,000
Gerald R. Ferguson222200$11,000
Kristian House202001$11,000
Alex K. Justin141404$11,000
Ruth B. Margolin121205$11,000
Martin Schneider121205$11,000
Randy Sowell222200$11,000
135.Todd Gross171254$10,750
Jim Hyres212011$10,750
Andy Kravis227155$10,750
Kyle Mahowald181712$10,750
Pete Muller181176$10,750
David Phillips201911$10,750
141.Daniel C. Bryant9906$10,500
Rand H. Burns212100$10,500
Jules P. Markey212100$10,500
James Mulhern241860$10,500
Derrick Niederman7707$10,500
David Woolf171702$10,500
147.Paolo Pasco201372$10,250
Alex Vratsanos171433$10,250
149.Lee Glickstein253226$10,000
Bernice Gordon211920$10,000
Oliver Hill161423$10,000
152.Adam Cohen191900$9,500
Andrew Kingsley191541$9,500
Norma Steinberg171701$9,500
Jeffrey Wechsler191900$9,500
156.Craig Kasper151054$9,250
Dave Tuller141133$9,250
158.Yaakov Bendavid6606$9,000
Kelsey Blakley8805$9,000
Ernie Furtado121203$9,000
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$9,000
Lois Sidway181800$9,000
Norman S. Wizer141402$9,000
164.Michael Hawkins201371$8,750
Fran Sabin250255$8,750
166.Karen Young Bonin111103$8,500
Mark Feldman111103$8,500
Susan Gelfand171700$8,500
Charles E. Gersch171700$8,500
Jim Hilger151501$8,500
Roy Leban131302$8,500
Robert Malinow9904$8,500
Thomas W. Schier171700$8,500
174.Emily Carroll131212$8,250
Ryan McCarty171610$8,250
176.Robert Dillman161600$8,000
Adam Fromm8804$8,000
Patrick Jordan161600$8,000
Daniel Raymon141401$8,000
Daniel R. Stark161600$8,000
Ben Tausig9725$8,000
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$8,000
John Wolting141401$8,000
184.Holden Baker161420$7,500
Kelly Clark151411$7,500
Ethan Cooper151321$7,500
Kyle T. Dolan131301$7,500
Robert W. Harris7704$7,500
William I. Johnston151500$7,500
Evan Kalish151321$7,500
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$7,500
Elizabeth A. Long131301$7,500
Gene Newman151500$7,500
Merl Reagle7704$7,500
Matthew Sewell121022$7,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$7,500
197.Caitlin Reid11833$7,250
198.Gareth Bain151320$7,000
Kameron Austin Collins151320$7,000
Jason Flinn141400$7,000
Olivia Mitra Framke8803$7,000
John Greenman121201$7,000
Frederick J. Healy141400$7,000
John Lampkin101002$7,000
John Lieb171160$7,000
John Underwood141400$7,000
Michael Vuolo141400$7,000
208.Francis Heaney10733$6,750
Christopher Hurt111012$6,750
Todd McClary121111$6,750
211.Mike Buckley131300$6,500
Alfio Micci111101$6,500
Stu Ockman131300$6,500
Jim Peredo9902$6,500
Mark Elliot Skolsky131300$6,500
Xan Vongsathorn9902$6,500
217.Howard Barkin10822$6,000
Andrew Chaikin4404$6,000
Freddie Cheng101001$6,000
Roland Huget121200$6,000
Alan Olschwang101001$6,000
Grant Thackray8802$6,000
Bruce Venzke191182$6,000
Stella Zawistowski184141$6,000
Robert Zimmerman121200$6,000
226.Neville Fogarty12931$5,750
227.Sheldon Benardo111100$5,500
John R. Conrad111100$5,500
Gail Grabowski13940$5,500
David Liben-Nowell12841$5,500
Kurt Mueller7702$5,500
Mike Shenk7702$5,500
233.Peter Abide8712$5,250
234.Alex Bajcz6602$5,000
Diane C. Baldwin8801$5,000
Bill Ballard101000$5,000
Alex Boisvert11920$5,000
Derek Bowman10641$5,000
Shannon Burns101000$5,000
Mark Danna6602$5,000
Joe Deeney101000$5,000
Paul Hunsberger8801$5,000
Laura Taylor Kinnel4403$5,000
James R. Leeds8801$5,000
Eileen Lexau101000$5,000
Susan Harrington Smith101000$5,000
Mel Taub101000$5,000
Brian Thomas11920$5,000
Leonard Williams8801$5,000
250.Milo Beckman10910$4,750
Kevin Christian13670$4,750
Evan Mahnken9811$4,750
Tom Pepper11651$4,750
254.Michael Blake144100$4,500
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
Chris A. McGlothlin7701$4,500
Jean O'Conor7701$4,500
Lloyd E. Pollet3303$4,500
David Pringle9900$4,500
Gary Steinmehl9900$4,500
Bill Thompson9900$4,500
Stanley B. Whitten9900$4,500
Kathy Wienberg7701$4,500
Joy L. Wouk9900$4,500
271.Ashton Anderson12570$4,250
John Dunn8711$4,250
Pawel Fludzinski7611$4,250
Nick Grivas9810$4,250
Daniel Kantor11650$4,250
David Poole9810$4,250
277.Evan Birnholz8800$4,000
Lisa Bunker6601$4,000
Bette Sue Cohen6601$4,000
Caleb Emmons6601$4,000
Greg Johnson8800$4,000
Betty Jorgensen8800$4,000
Steve Kahn7522$4,000
Daniel Larsen9720$4,000
Hal Moore6601$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
Lee Taylor4402$4,000
Raymond C. Young8800$4,000