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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 Berry223221272$117,000
2.Elizabeth C. Gorski219219067$112,600
3.Manny Nosowsky246244229$93,450
4.David J. Kahn173168543$79,850
5.Brendan Emmett Quigley1601461434$69,350
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 Arbesfeld107107022$47,500
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. Collins10089115$31,500
19.Paula Gamache898548$31,350
20.Frank Longo6866214$29,900
21.Peter Gordon818107$29,200
22.Barry C. Silk928663$28,450
23.Jim Page7070010$28,000
24.Matt Gaffney5857114$27,050
25.Byron Walden7766118$26,350
26.Jeff Chen73304321$25,950
27.Robert H. Wolfe6060011$25,700
28.Lynn Lempel767514$25,450
29.Joe Krozel8469154$25,400
30.Bob Klahn60501013$24,200
31.Frances Hansen4040017$23,900
A. J. Santora686805$23,900
33.Joel Fagliano5047312$22,600
34.Randall J. Hartman747400$22,200
35.Martin Ashwood-Smith7868100$21,900
36.Patrick Blindauer56362014$20,450
37.Ian Livengood555146$20,100
David Steinberg6654124$20,100
39.Matt Ginsberg4134715$20,000
40.Trip Payne4241110$19,450
41.Charles M. Deber2020019$19,300
42.Eric Berlin3836212$19,150
43.Kevin G. Der3735212$18,850
44.Tom McCoy2929014$18,500
45.Mark Diehl575611$17,300
46.Mike Nothnagel504554$16,350
47.Timothy Polin413926$16,200
48.Ed Early535211$16,100
49.Sherry O. Blackard534851$15,850
50.Michael Shteyman494453$15,350
51.Sarah Keller525020$15,300
52.Caleb Madison322939$15,100
53.Sidney L. Robbins505000$15,000
54.Andrea Carla Michaels5727306$14,700
55.Wayne Robert Williams383804$14,200
56.Zhouqin Burnikel4730175$14,000
57.Dan Schoenholz2222010$13,600
58.Victor Fleming4622247$13,350
59.Jeremy Newton1715213$13,200
60.Edward Sessa353503$12,600
61.Richard Hughes353502$11,900
Will Nediger212108$11,900
Bryant White282805$11,900
64.Bob Peoples393363$11,850
65.Chuck Deodene393900$11,700
Henry Hook252506$11,700
Allan E. Parrish393900$11,700
68.David Quarfoot413471$11,600
69.Tony Orbach24111315$11,550
70.Brad Wilber5026240$11,400
71.John Farmer333302$11,300
72.Samuel A. Donaldson272256$11,200
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.Dean Niles151508$10,100
81.Raymond Hamel272613$10,050
82.Tim Croce333210$9,750
83.Jonathan Schmalzbach303001$9,700
Bill Zais1510510$9,700
85.Bruce Haight282712$9,650
86.Karen M. Tracey323200$9,600
87.Adam G. Perl292901$9,400
88.Doug Peterson3917222$9,100
89.Janet R. Bender272701$8,800
Damon J. Gulczynski272701$8,800
Peter Wentz272701$8,800
92.Tracy Gray221845$8,450
93.Kevan Choset272432$8,350
94.Michael Ashley111107$8,200
95.Ashish Vengsarkar151147$8,100
96.Nelson Hardy111017$8,050
97.Josh Knapp222202$8,000
Con Pederson8808$8,000
Nancy S. Ross222202$8,000
Jacob Stulberg222202$8,000
101.Lou Sabin293267$7,950
102.Natan Last221933$7,900
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
130.Yaakov Bendavid6606$6,000
Bernice Gordon211920$6,000
132.Kelsey Blakley8805$5,900
Ned White191811$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.Karen Young Bonin111103$5,400
Mark Feldman111103$5,400
Gilbert H. Ludwig181800$5,400
Lois Sidway181800$5,400
149.Mary Lou Guizzo17982$5,300
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.Robert Dillman161600$4,800
Susan Gelfand161600$4,800
Patrick Jordan161600$4,800
Daniel R. Stark161600$4,800
165.Kelly Clark151411$4,533
166.Holden Baker161420$4,500
William I. Johnston151500$4,500
Gene Newman151500$4,500
Jeffrey Wechsler151500$4,500
Gary J. Whitehead151500$4,500
171.John Guzzetta161330$4,350
172.John Greenman121201$4,300
173.Ethan Cooper141221$4,250
174.Frederick J. Healy141400$4,200
Christopher Hurt111012$4,200
Jules P. Markey141400$4,200
John Underwood141400$4,200
Michael Vuolo141400$4,200
179.Todd McClary121111$4,150
180.Alfio Micci111101$4,000