In this article, we will be showing how you can use the **AVERAGEIFS** function of Excel to calculate some averages while maintaining one or more criteria in Excel. To do so, we will go through **6** easy examples.

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## AVERAGEIFS Function of Excel (Quick View)

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## Excel AVERAGEIFS Function: Syntax and Argument

**Summary**

- The
**AVERAGEIFS**function returns the average of the cells of an array that satisfy one or more given criteria. Here, the criteria can be of the same array or a different array. - Available from Excel 2007.

**Syntax**

The Syntax of the **AVERAGEIFS** function is:

`=AVERAGEIFS(average_range,criteria_range1,criteria1,...)`

**Argument**

Argument |
Required or Optional |
Value |
---|---|---|

average_range | Required | The array of cells whose average is to be determined. |

criteria_range1 | Required | The array of cells that needs to satisfy the first criteria. |

criteria1 | Required | The first criteria. |

criteria_range2 | Optional | The array of cells that needs to satisfy the second criteria. |

criteria2 | Optional | The second criteria. |

**Notes:**

- Only 1 criterion along with1 range of cells, where the criteria will be applied (
**criteria_range**), is essential. However, you can use multiple criteria if you need. - Both the
**criteria**and the**criteria_range**must come together like a pair. That means if you input**criteria_range 2**, you must input**criteria2**. - Both the
**average_range**and all**criteria_ranges**must be equal. Otherwise, Excel will raise**#VALUE!** - While calculating the average of values, Excel will count only those cell values that satisfy all the criteria.

**Return Value**

Returns the average of the cells of an array that satisfy one or more given criteria.

**Special Notes**

- If the criterion is equal to the cell value or cell reference, then in the place of criteria, you can simply put the value or the cell reference.

Like this:

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,1)`

OR

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,"Won")`

OR

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,A2)`

- When the criterion denotes greater than or less than some value, enclose the criteria within an
**apostrophe (“”)**

Like this:

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,">1")`

- When the criterion denotes greater than or less than some cell reference, enclose only the greater than or the less than symbol within an
**apostrophe (“”)**and then join the cell reference by an**ampersand (&)**

Like this:

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,">"&A2)`

- You can have partial matches too within the
**AVERAGEIFS**

For matching any one character in a specific place, use “**?”.**

For example, “**?end”** will match “**bend”**, “**send”** but not “**spend” **or** “end”.**

And for matching any number of characters including zero, use “***”**.

For example, “***end”** will match “**end”**, “**bend”**, “**send”**, “**spend”** all.

So the **AVERAGEIFS** formula will look like:

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,"?end")`

OR

`=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C9,C5:C9,"*end")`

- If any cell within the
**average_range**contains a text value other than a number,**AVERAGEIFS**will not count that even if it satisfies all the criteria. Because it is only possible to calculate the average of some numbers, not any text.

## 6 Examples of Using Excel AVERAGEIFS Function

The following data set has the **Opponent**, **Goals**, **Assists**, **Results**, and** Venue** columns. Furthermore, using this dataset, we will demonstrate** 6** examples to show the usages of the **AVERAGEIFS** function. Here, we used** Excel 365**. You can use any available Excel version.

### 1. Using Single Criteria for Equal To Value in AVERAGEIFS Function

In this example, we will show you how you can use the **AVERAGEIFS** function using single criteria equal to a value. Afterward, using the** AVERAGEIFS** function, we will find out the average **Goals** based on the criteria when the **Result** is **Won**.

Here, we have already marked the **Goals** and criteria **Won** with *yellow color*, and we will find out the average of the goals that have** a yellow color**.

**Steps:**

- First of all, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,E6:E23,"Won")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,E6:E23,”Won”) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**whose corresponding cells in the array**E6**to**E23**contain “**Won**”.**Output: 2.09**

- After that, press
**ENTER**.

As a result, you can see the result in cell **H6**.

**Read More:** **How to Use AVERAGE Function in Excel (5 Examples)**

### 2. Use of Single Criteria for Greater Than Value

In this example, we will show you how to use the **AVERAGEIFS** function to find out the** Goal**s that have **Assists** numbers** greater than or equal to 1**. Here, we have already marked the number of** Assists** that have a value **greater than or equal to 1** and the number of** Goals** based on the Assists with **yellow color**. Next, we will calculate the average of these goals based on the criteria.

**Steps:**

- To begin with, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,D6:D23,">=1")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,D6:D23,”>=1″) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**whose corresponding cells in the array**D6**to**D23**contain anything**greater than or equal to 1**.**Output: 1.80**

- Afterward, press
**ENTER**.

Therefore, you can see the result in cell **H6**.

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### 3. Applying Multiple Criteria in AVERAGEIFS Function

In this example, we will demonstrate the use of the **AVERAGEIFS** function based on multiple criteria.

Here, we will find out the average of goals when** Goals** number is **at least 1**, and when the **Venue** is **Home**. We have marked both criteria with a **Yellow color**.

**Steps:**

- First, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,C6:C23,">=1",F6:F23,"Home")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,C6:C23,”>=1″,F6:F23,”Home”) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**that contain anything**greater than or equal to 1**and whose corresponding cells in the array**F6**to**F23**contain “**Home**”.**Output: 2.33**

- At this point, press
**ENTER**.

Therefore, you can see the result in **H6**.

Again, we will find out the average of goals when** the Goals** number is **greater than or equal to 1**, and when the **Assists **number is also **greater than or equal to 1**. We have marked both criteria with **Yellow color**.

- After that, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,C6:C23,">=1",D6:D23,">=1")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,C6:C23,”>=1″,D6:D23,”>=1″) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**that contain anything**greater than or equal to 1**and whose corresponding cells in the array**D6**to**D23**contain anything**greater than or equal to 1**.**Output: 2.33**

- At this point, press
**ENTER**.

Therefore, you can see the result in **H6**.

### 4. Counting Average with Partial Match (Wildcard Character)

In this example, we will show you how to calculate the average using the **AVERAGEIFS **function when the criteria match partially. We will use a** Wildcard character** for this purpose. You see, there are** two Korea** on the **Opponent** list, **North Korea **and **South Korea**. Next, we will find out the **average of the goals** of the **Opponent** that has **Korea** in their name. Here, we marked the **Opponent **and the corresponding **Goal **number with **Yellow color**.

**Steps:**

- First, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,B6:B23,"*Korea")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,B6:B23,”*Korea”) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**whose corresponding cells in the array**B6**to**B23**contain anything having “**Korea**” at the end.**Output: 2**

- Furthermore, press
**ENTER**.

Hence, you can see the result in cell **H6**.

If you want to know more about the **wildcard** characters, you can visit this link.

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### 5. Using Cell References in AVERAGEIFS Function

In this example, we will use the cell reference instead of text in the **AVERAGEIFS **function. We will use a single criterion for this purpose.

Here, we will find out the average **Goals** based on the criteria when the **Result** is **Won**. In the formula, instead of typing **Won**, we will simply select cell **E6**.

We have already marked the **Goals** and criteria **Won** with *yellow color*, and we will find out the average of the goals that have** a yellow color**.

**Steps:**

- First of all, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,E6:E23,E6)`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,E6:E23,E6) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**whose corresponding cells in the array**E6**to**E23**contain the cell content of cell**E6**that is “**Won**”.**Output: 2.09**

- After that, press
**ENTER**.

As a result, you can see the result in cell **H6**.

### 6. Applying Date Range in AVERAGEIFS Function

Here, we will show you the use of the **AVERAGEIFS **function when there is a** Date** range, and we want to find out the average based on **Dates**. For this purpose, we modified the previous dataset and added a **Date** column to it.

After that, we want to find the average of the goals that include the date from **20-Mar-22** to **08-Aug-22**. Here, we marked these dates with **Yellow color**.

**Steps:**

- In the beginning, we will type the following formula in cell
**H6**.

`=AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,F6:F23,"<=8-Aug-22",F6:F23,">=20-Mar-22")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**AVERAGEIFS(C6:C23,F6:F23,”<=8-Aug-22″,F6:F23,”>=20-Mar-22″) →**Calculates the average of only those cells in the array**C6**to**C23**whose corresponding cells in the array**F6**to**F23**contain dates greater than or equal to**20-Mar-22**and less than or equal to**8-Aug-22**.**Output: 1.727272727**

- At this point, press
**ENTER**.

Therefore, you can see the result in **H6**.

## Common Errors with Excel AVERAGEIFS Function

In the following table, we have shown the common errors of the **AVERAGEIFS** function, and the reasons for occurring such errors.

Error |
When They Show |
---|---|

#DIV/0! | Shows when no value in the average_match matches all criteria. |

#VALUE! | This shows when the lengths of all the arrays are not the same. |

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## Conclusion

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