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salary and benefits

At the City of Manchester, our salaries and benefits package are designed to provide value to your family’s health, well-being, and security

entry level Police Officer Salary

Year Hourly Pay Period Annually
2023 $29.87 $1,194.80 $62,129.60
2024 $31.01 $1,240.59 $64,510.78
2025 $31.91 $1,276.40 $66,372.80

lateral Police Officer Salary

Experience Hourly Pay Period Annually
0-3 Years $30.74 $1,229.60 $63,938.20
3-4 Years $31.65 $1,266.00 $65,832.00
4-5 Years $32.53 $1,301.20 $67,662.40
5+ Years $33.47 $1,338.80 $69,617.60

what we offer

Leave Benefits:
  • 80 hours paid vacation per year, increases over time
  • 120 hours paid sick leave per calendar year
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • 2 personal days per calendar year
The City of Manchester offers a full benefits package to all eligible employees and their dependents.
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Contributory Retirement System
  • State Retirement System
  • Employee assistance program
  • Longevity pay in five year increments
  • Deferred compensation plan (457b) is available through Mission Squared
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Hazardous duty pay
  • Fitness Reimbursement

The Manchester Police Department will pay 80% of the monthly premium for single and family insurance coverage. Community information and benefits package:

officer wellness

The Manchester Police Department has a remarkable employee wellness program to promote health and wellness through departmental collaboration. This group encourages police department personnel and their family members to strengthen their health and wellbeing through educational opportunities, wellness activities, and self-improvement guidelines. Our robust mental health & wellness program can provide vetted culturally competent referrals to assist our employees with issues ranging from financial support, family support, legal support, chaplain services, peer lead badge meeting, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, as well as, intensive outpatient and inpatient counseling. Our strong emphasis on officer wellness is seen in the following initiatives:


    • New hire and annual in-services training with a focus on physical & emotional health
    • Avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue and financial wellness
    • Individual peer support and group support through Critical Incident Stress Debriefs (CISD)
    • Military deployment support
    • Retreat for first responder
    • Comfort dog deployments
    • Police chaplain and family association
    • Fitness Center



Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire, is encircled by verdant woodlands and sweeping mountain ranges. With a land area of 35 square miles, Manchester is home to more than 116,000 people. There are many outdoor activities available to residents in a place where all four seasons have been perfected. You can ski on the slopes at the McIntyre Ski Area or any of the 28 ski resorts in New Hampshire thanks to the state’s average annual snowfall of 60 inches. The region is at its most beautiful in the fall, when the trees display stunningly colorful leaves that must be seen to be believed. You have a wide range of possibilities during the spring and summer, from hiking, boating, and picnicking at Lake Massabesic to, for the more daring, a quick trip from downtown to the White Mountain National Forest in the north or Hampton Beach State Park on the Atlantic Coast in the south.

low cost of living

New Hampshire does not have a general sales tax, and personal income is not taxed at the state level.

skilled workforce

Manchester is home to a number of college and university campuses, including the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Southern New Hampshire University, and Manchester Community College. The community feels young and vibrant, thanks to the large number of college students living here, and nearly a third of the area’s population over 25 years old holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.



Take care of your family by joining the Manchester Police family.

Join a strong team of talented professionals dedicated to their work in a law enforcement department that's just the right size to get ahead and build your career.


Frequently asked Questions

Must be at least 21 years old, must be a U.S. citizen, must have a valid driver’s license, high school diploma/or GED, and eyesight must be 20/30 corrected with normal color/depth perception.

Illegally used, manufactured, transported for sale, or sold a controlled substance within 36 months; unless the applicant was under the age of 21; in which case it is 24 months; Used a controlled substance while employed in a law enforcement capacity; Been dishonorably discharged from military service; Been convicted of a felony; Been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, controlled substances, moral turpitude, or any offense that would cause a reasonable person to doubt the applicant’s character, honesty or ability.

The hiring process is in 3 phases.

Phase I: Online Written Exam, Physical Agility Test, and Oral Board.

Phase II: One to one interview, Polygraph Exam, Background Check, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam

Phase III: Personal meeting with the Chief

This is a multiple choice, general aptitude exam that is broken down into four sections: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Report Writing. The written exam has an option to take a practice exam.

Prepare for the type and style of question asked during the exam – including dynamic questions; Do your research and write sample answers to each question; Know how to monitor your body language and professional demeanor; Be aware of the need to stay calm under intense pressure / questioning; Never overreact, argue with the panel, or advocate disproportionate use of force in a question; Learn more about the police department you wish to join, as well as recent crime data / statistics; Be yourself.

The whole process ranges from applicant to applicant. Minimally, the process takes two months, and the test scores are active for one year.


The Manchester Police Department is looking for exceptional candidates to fill our ranks at the future police academy. The Manchester Police Department, which has a long history of providing the local community with top-notch services, consists of 271 highly skilled and trained officers. The Manchester Police Department is also one of the most technologically advanced police departments in the region due to the usage of a sophisticated gunshot detection system, an online reporting program, and other sophisticated tech. Our members also have the opportunity to work closely with our federal partners such as the DEA, FBI, ATF, and the US Marshall’s. Apply today to see the impact you can make!
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