ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association


Compensation and Benefits Survey (Formerly Wage Rate Survey)

ABBRA’s Compensation and Benefits Survey allows members to compare the salaries of their employees to others in the same region and across the nation for a variety of job types. It contains information about hourly wages, average vacation time, benefits, and pension plans across a range of job categories including general manager, technicians, store manager, riggers, dockhands and bookkeepers. The annual report, entitled the ABBRA Compensation and Benefits Benchmark Study, serves as a valuable resource for employers in the boatyard, marine service, and repair sectors to gauge rates, salaries, and benefits in the current employment market. It also ensures that employees and independent contractors are obtaining the correct compensation for their work.

Survey data was collected from ABBRA members nationwide, along with local marine trade associations’ members, and additional participants from the marina and boatyard industry. The survey results are segmented by the size of the business based on their annual revenue for boatyard services. The results provide information for a broad array of job types and those jobs identified as the most common in today’s boatyards. Data on hourly wages, average vacation time, health benefits, and retirement plans is also in the results. The survey was professionally conducted by Rhode Island based Survey Advantage on behalf of ABBRA and all data is analyzed and presented in aggregate.

The 2014 ABBRA Compensation and Benefits Bench Mark Study results are now available. Click here to download an order form to order your copy of the report. [Members who provided survey data received a copy of the final report for free (a $200 value).]