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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. Kahn176171543$80,750
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1631471634$69,950
6.Rich Norris186186018$68,400
7.Randolph Ross104104046$63,400
8.Joe DiPietro125125028$57,100
9.Nancy Salomon1856911636$53,683
10.Cathy Allis8484040$53,200
11.Alan Arbesfeld111111023$49,400
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. Collins10291115$32,100
19.Paula Gamache898548$31,350
20.Peter Gordon848407$30,100
21.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
22.Jeff Chen80324824$28,700
23.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
24.Jim Page7070010$28,000
25.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
26.Byron Walden7967128$26,800
27.Lynn Lempel797724$26,200
28.Joe Krozel8570154$25,700
Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
30.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
31.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
33.Joel Fagliano5248413$23,750
David Steinberg7461136$23,750
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.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
42.Charles M. Deber2020019$19,300
43.Eric Berlin3836212$19,150
Kevin G. Der3836212$19,150
45.Mark Diehl595811$17,900
46.Timothy Polin444226$17,100
47.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
48.Ed Early535211$16,100
49.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
50.Michael Shteyman514563$15,800
51.Caleb Madison333039$15,400
52.Sarah Keller525020$15,300
53.Zhouqin Burnikel5233195$15,200
54.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
55.Andrea Carla Michaels5727306$14,700
56.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
57.Dan Schoenholz2323010$13,900
58.Edward Sessa363604$13,600
59.Victor Fleming4622247$13,350
60.Jeremy Newton1715213$13,200
61.Chuck Deodene404000$12,000
62.Bruce Haight363422$11,900
Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Will Nediger212108$11,900
Bryant White282805$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.Daniel A. Finan151509$10,800
Stephanie Spadaccini363600$10,800
77.Dana Motley313102$10,700
78.Gary Cee333301$10,600
79.Richard Chisholm323201$10,300
Greg Staples252504$10,300
81.Dean Niles151508$10,100
82.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
83.Damon J. Gulczynski313101$10,000
84.Tim Croce333210$9,750
85.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Peter Wentz303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
88.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
89.Tracy Gray231946$9,450
90.Adam G. Perl292901$9,400
91.Doug Peterson3917222$9,100
92.Natan Last232034$8,900
Jacob Stulberg252502$8,900
94.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
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.Finn Vigeland151146$7,750
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.Jim Hyres212011$6,500
Ned White212011$6,500
126.Rand H. Burns212100$6,300
Lee Glickstein253226$6,300
James Mulhern241860$6,300
129.Mary Lou Guizzo2010103$6,250
Oliver Hill161423$6,250
131.Todd Gross151054$6,200
132.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
134.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
David Woolf151502$5,900
136.Craig Kasper151054$5,850
Dave Tuller141133$5,850
138.Norma Steinberg171701$5,800
Alex Vratsanos151233$5,800
140.Adam Cohen191900$5,700
Ernie Furtado121203$5,700
142.Norman S. Wizer141402$5,600
Andrew Zhou141402$5,600
144.Robert Malinow9904$5,500
Fran Sabin250255$5,500
146.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
150.David Kwong181352$5,350
151.Roy Leban131302$5,300
152.Ben Tausig9725$5,200
153.Charles E. Gersch171700$5,100
Kristian House171700$5,100
Thomas W. Schier171700$5,100
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
Jules P. Markey161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
167.Erik Agard141043$4,650
168.Elizabeth A. Long131301$4,600
169.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
170.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
Jeffrey Wechsler151500$4,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$4,500
175.John Greenman121201$4,300
176.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
177.Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
181.Todd McClary121111$4,150
182.Sam Trabucco9902$4,100
183.Alfio Micci111101$4,000
Paolo Pasco121021$4,000