ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association


Results from the ABBRA 2014 Compensation and Benefits Survey Now Available

Fort Lauderdale, FL –February 9, 2015- Results from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) 2014 Compensation and Benefits Survey are now available. 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 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.

Gordon Connell, ABBRA’s Executive Director said, “We continue to see a measure of stability in the levels of wages for the wide range of boatyard positions we collect data on. On average, there was a two – three percent increase across all categories with the key technical and skilled positions continuing to command strong rates. ”

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 Compensation and Benefits Benchmark Study is available at no cost to businesses that provided data for this year’s survey. The survey is available for purchase at $85 for ABBRA members and $150 for non-members. For more information please e-mail ABBRA at info@abbra.org or call 954-654-7821. Also visit www.abbra.org.

About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry.