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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. Kahn178173543$81,350
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1641481635$70,950
6.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
7.Randolph Ross104104046$63,400
8.Joe DiPietro127126128$57,550
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld112112023$49,700
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. Collins10492125$32,550
19.Paula Gamache898548$31,350
20.Peter Gordon868607$30,700
21.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
22.Jeff Chen82344824$29,300
23.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
24.Byron Walden8169129$28,100
25.Jim Page7070010$28,000
26.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
27.Lynn Lempel817924$26,800
28.Joe Krozel8671154$26,000
29.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
30.David Steinberg7964156$24,950
31.Joel Fagliano5450413$24,350
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.Matt Ginsberg4336716$21,300
38.Patrick Blindauer56362014$20,450
39.Ian Livengood555146$20,100
40.Tom McCoy3030015$19,500
41.Kevin G. Der3937212$19,450
Trip Payne4241110$19,450
43.Eric Berlin3936312$19,300
Charles M. Deber2020019$19,300
45.Mark Diehl615921$18,350
46.Timothy Polin454326$17,400
47.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
48.Ed Early535211$16,100
49.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
50.Michael Shteyman514563$15,800
51.Zhouqin Burnikel5334195$15,500
52.Caleb Madison333039$15,400
53.Sarah Keller525020$15,300
Andrea Carla Michaels6028326$15,300
55.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
56.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
57.Will Nediger2323010$13,900
Dan Schoenholz2323010$13,900
59.Edward Sessa363604$13,600
60.Victor Fleming4622247$13,350
61.Jeremy Newton1715213$13,200
62.Bruce Haight383532$12,350
63.Bryant White292905$12,200
64.Chuck Deodene404000$12,000
65.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
66.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
67.Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
69.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
70.Tony Orbach24111315$11,550
Brad Wilber5126250$11,550
72.David Levinson Wilk242406$11,400
73.Samuel A. Donaldson282266$11,350
74.John Farmer333302$11,300
75.Damon J. Gulczynski343401$10,900
76.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
78.Dana Motley313102$10,700
Peter Wentz313102$10,700
80.Gary Cee333301$10,600
81.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
83.Dean Niles151508$10,100
84.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
85.Jonathan Schmalzbach313011$9,850
86.Tim Croce333210$9,750
87.Adam G. Perl303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
89.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
90.Tracy Gray231946$9,450
91.Doug Peterson4017232$9,250
92.Jacob Stulberg262602$9,200
93.Natan Last242044$9,050
94.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
95.Finn Vigeland161247$8,750
96.Kevan Choset272432$8,350
97.Michael Ashley111107$8,200
98.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
99.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
100.Josh Knapp222202$8,000
Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
103.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
104.Nancy Kavanaugh262600$7,800
Michael Torch191903$7,800
106.Mel Rosen141315$7,550
107.Michael S. Maurer191633$7,350
108.Myles Callum222201$7,300
Julian Lim222201$7,300
110.Tyler Hinman221752$7,250
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.Todd Gross161154$6,500
Jim Hyres212011$6,500
Ned White212011$6,500
127.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
James Mulhern241860$6,300
130.Mary Lou Guizzo2010103$6,250
Oliver Hill161423$6,250
132.David Woolf161602$6,200
133.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
135.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
Andrew Zhou151502$5,900
137.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
139.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
Alex Vratsanos151233$5,800
141.Erik Agard171254$5,750
142.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
144.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
145.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
147.John Guzzetta191541$5,450
148.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
152.David Kwong181352$5,350
153.Roy Leban131302$5,300
154.Sam Ezersky191181$5,200
Ben Tausig9725$5,200
156.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Kristian House171700$5,100
Jules P. Markey171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
160.Robert W. Harris7704$4,900
Pamela Amick Klawitter7704$4,900
Merl Reagle7704$4,900
Arthur S. Verdesca141401$4,900
John Wolting141401$4,900
165.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Susan Gelfand161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
169.Elizabeth A. Long131301$4,600
170.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
171.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
Jeffrey Wechsler151500$4,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$4,500
176.Sam Trabucco101002$4,400
177.John Greenman121201$4,300
Daniel Raymon121201$4,300
179.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
180.Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
Robyn Weintraub141400$4,200
185.Todd McClary121111$4,150
186.Alfio Micci111101$4,000
Paolo Pasco121021$4,000