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How to Use the AVERAGEIF Function in Excel

We can use the AVERAGEIF function to calculate the average of numbers in a range that meet the specified criteria. Logical operators like >, <, <>, = and wildcards (*,?) for partial matching are supported by the criteria of AVERAGEIF. The steps below will walk through the process.

Figure 1- Final result of the AVERAGEIF function




  • Range: This could be one or more cells, a named range, arrays, or references.
  • Criteria: This could be a number, an expression, cell reference, or text.


  • Average_range [optional]: These are the cells to get the average. If we omit it, the range is used.



Setting up the Data

  • The Branches of a store will be entered into Column B
  • Column C will contain the Sales for each of the stores
  • The result will be returned in Column E with the specified criteria in Column D

Figure 2 – Setting up the Data

AVERAGEIF IF Sales is >5000

  • We will click on Cell E5
  • We will insert the formula below into Cell E5
  • We will press the enter key

Figure 3- AVERAGEIF if Sales is >5000

In a similar fashion, we will enter the formula below into Cell E4 and Cell E6 to get the result


  • Cell E4: =AVERAGEIF($C$4:$C$13,">0")
  • Cell E6: =AVERAGEIF($C$4:$C$13,"<5000")


Figure 4- Result of applying the AVERAGEIF function


  • Any cell in a range that contains arguments like TRUE or FALSE are ignored
  • Any empty cell within the range is ignored in range and average_range with AVERAGEIF Function
  • The error value #DIV/0! will be returned if there aren’t cells in the range that meet the criteria

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