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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 Berry225223272$117,600
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn174169543$80,150
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1621461634$69,650
6.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
7.Randolph Ross103103046$63,100
8.Joe DiPietro125125028$57,100
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld109109023$48,800
12.Richard Silvestri8484026$43,400
13.Fred Piscop104104014$41,000
14.Patrick Merrell8685120$39,650
15.Nancy Nicholson Joline4847134$37,700
16.Harvey Estes116714520$37,500
17.Gregory E. Paul11611600$34,800
18.Peter A. Collins10190115$31,800
19.Paula Gamache898548$31,350
20.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
21.Peter Gordon828207$29,500
22.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
23.Jim Page7070010$28,000
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Byron Walden7867118$26,650
26.Jeff Chen76314521$26,550
27.Joe Krozel8570154$25,700
Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
29.Lynn Lempel777524$25,600
30.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
31.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
33.Joel Fagliano5147412$22,750
34.Randall J. Hartman747400$22,200
35.Martin Ashwood-Smith7868100$21,900
36.David Steinberg6856124$20,700
37.Patrick Blindauer56362014$20,450
38.Matt Ginsberg4235715$20,300
39.Ian Livengood555146$20,100
40.Tom McCoy3030015$19,500
41.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
42.Charles M. Deber2020019$19,300
43.Eric Berlin3836212$19,150
44.Kevin G. Der3735212$18,850
45.Mark Diehl575611$17,300
46.Timothy Polin424026$16,500
47.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
48.Ed Early535211$16,100
49.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
50.Michael Shteyman514563$15,800
51.Sarah Keller525020$15,300
52.Caleb Madison322939$15,100
53.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
54.Andrea Carla Michaels5727306$14,700
55.Zhouqin Burnikel4932175$14,600
56.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
57.Dan Schoenholz2222010$13,600
Edward Sessa363604$13,600
59.Victor Fleming4622247$13,350
60.Jeremy Newton1715213$13,200
61.Chuck Deodene404000$12,000
62.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Will Nediger212108$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
65.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
66.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
68.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
69.Tony Orbach24111315$11,550
Brad Wilber5126250$11,550
71.Samuel A. Donaldson282266$11,350
72.John Farmer333302$11,300
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.Bruce Haight302912$10,250
81.Dean Niles151508$10,100
82.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
83.Tim Croce333210$9,750
84.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
86.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
87.Tracy Gray231946$9,450
88.Damon J. Gulczynski292901$9,400
Adam G. Perl292901$9,400
90.Doug Peterson3917222$9,100
Peter Wentz282801$9,100
92.Natan Last232034$8,900
93.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
94.Jacob Stulberg242402$8,600
95.Kevan Choset272432$8,350
96.Michael Ashley111107$8,200
97.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
98.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
99.Josh Knapp222202$8,000
Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
102.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
103.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
105.Mel Rosen141315$7,550
106.Finn Vigeland141046$7,450
107.Myles Callum222201$7,300
Julian Lim222201$7,300
109.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
110.Michael S. Maurer181623$7,200
111.Martin Schneider121205$7,100
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
Pete Muller181176$6,800
119.Kyle Mahowald181712$6,650
joon pahk201553$6,650
121.Gerald R. Ferguson222200$6,600
Randy Sowell222200$6,600
123.David Phillips201911$6,550
124.Jim Hyres212011$6,500
125.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
James Mulhern241860$6,300
128.Oliver Hill161423$6,250
129.Todd Gross151054$6,200
Ned White201911$6,200
131.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
133.Kelsey Blakley8805$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
Andrew Zhou141402$5,600
142.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
Alex Vratsanos141133$5,500
145.Mary Lou Guizzo18992$5,450
146.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
150.Roy Leban131302$5,300
151.Ben Tausig9725$5,200
152.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Kristian House171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
155.David Kwong171252$5,050
156.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
161.John Guzzetta171341$4,850
162.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Susan Gelfand161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
166.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
167.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Jules P. Markey151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
Jeffrey Wechsler151500$4,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$4,500
173.John Greenman121201$4,300
174.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
175.Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
179.Todd McClary121111$4,150
180.Alfio Micci111101$4,000