ABBRA Launches 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey Data Collection

An annual yardstick for measuring employment wage and benefits in Boatyards & Related Companies

Fort Lauderdale, FL-March 11, 2013- Data collection for the 2013 American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) Compensation and Benefits Survey for Marine Service Employees, formerly known as the Annual Wage Rate Survey is now underway.  The survey is a useful and popular tool for employers in the boatyards and marine service and repair sectors to gauge and compare the rates, salaries and benefits in the current market. It also helps employees and independent contractors to better evaluate whether compensation for their work is fair and competitive.

“In today’s dynamic and challenging economy, ABBRA’s Compensation and Benefits Survey aims to expand on its historical role as a comparison of hourly rates and serve as an even more vital resource providing the marine industry with fundamental and comprehensive information that allows employers to make key decisions regarding salaries and benefits across the industry,” stated Gordon Connell, ABBRA’s Executive Director.  He noted, “Working with professional survey consultants we have refined the questionnaire and I am seeking and encouraging broader and greater participation than ever before to ensure we have a substantive response rate and good data to share following our analysis.”

The Compensation and Benefits Survey will be distributed to ABBRA members nationally. Additionally, other local marine trade associations are being asked to share the survey with their members. The survey will be segmented by state and region, by revenue and number of employees, and seeks information on a broad range of job types based on the types of positions ABBRA members have identified as most common in todays boatyards. Data on hourly wages, average vacation time, health benefits and retirement plans is also being sought in the survey. The survey is being professionally conducted by Rhode Island based Survey Advantage on behalf of ABBRA and all data will be analyzed and presented in aggregate.

Click here to participate in the 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey.

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.