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Learn How to Use the AVERAGEIFS Function in Excel

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

Figure 1- Final result of the AVERAGEIFS function


=AVERAGEIFS(avg_rng, range1, criteria1, [range2], [criteria2], ...)

  • avg_rng: This is the range whose average we want. This range can either be a subset of range1 or range1.
  • range1: The first range to evaluate.
  • criteria1: This is the boundary where the AVERAGEIFS function can evaluate range1
  • range2 [optional]: The second range to evaluate.
  • criteria2 [optional]: The criteria to use on range2.



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

AVERAGEIFS if Sales is >1000 and <5000

  • We will click on Cell E4
  • We will insert the formula below into Cell E4
  • We will press the enter key

Figure 3- AVERAGEIFS if Sales is >1000 and <5000

In a similar fashion, we will enter the formula below into Cell E5 and Cell E6 to get the result


  • Cell E5: =AVERAGEIFS($C$4:$C$13,$C$4:$C$13,">3000",$C$4:$C$13,"<5000")
  • Cell E6: =AVERAGEIFS($C$4:$C$13,$C$4:$C$13,">5000",$C$4:$C$13,"<9000")


Figure 4- Result of applying the AVERAGEIFS function


  • AVERAGEIFS allows up to 127 range/criteria pairs apart from the first compulsory range and criteria
  • Every added range must have similar number of rows and columns as the avg_range
  • Criteria should be enclosed in double quotes
  • Wildcards like question mark matches any one character and asterisk matches any order of characters.
  • The error value #DIV/0! will be returned if there aren’t cells in the range that meet the criteria

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