AVERAGIFS function can calculate the average in a range of cells, based on a criteria. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to use the AVERAGIFS function and go through some examples, as well as error handling methods.

Supported versions

  • (Windows) Excel 2007 and above
  • (Mac) Excel for Mac 2011 and above
  • Web and mobile versions


AVERAGIFS(average_range, criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2, criteria2], ...)


average_range The range of cells to sum
criteria_range1 The range of cells that you want to apply the criteria1 against
criteria1 The criteria that is applied to criteria_range1 to define which cells to calculate
[criteria_range2, criteria2] Optional. Additional ranges and their associated criteria pairs. You can enter up to 127 range/criteria pairs.


Here, we used named ranges to make the formulas easier to read. This is not required.

Example 1

 formula calculates the average of Total values where Type is equal to "WATER", Attack values are equal or greater than 50, and Sp. Atk values are less than 100.


Note: SUMIFS function is not case-sensitive. Therefore, "WATER" and "water" criteria will work the same way.

Example 2

 formula calculates the average of HP values where Type includes "FIRE" string and Generation is not equal to "I". If we use "FIRE" only, without asterisks, the AVERAGIFS function will skip the "FIRE, GROUND" value.AVERAGEIFS Example 1

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  • Use the same number of rows and columns for the sum and criteria range arguments.
    • Bad Example: =AVERAGIFS(G2:G15,F2:H10,">2014",J2:J20,"IT")
    • Good Example: =AVERAGIFS(G2:G11,F2:F11,">2014",J2:J11,"IT")
  • Comparison operators:
Operator Description Criteria Sample Criteria Meaning
= Equal to “=10000” Equal to 10000
<>  Not equal to “<>10000” Not equal to 10000
Greater than “>10000” Greater than 10000
Less than “>10000” Less than 10000
>= Greater than or equal to “>=10000” Greater than or equal to 10000
<= Less than or equal to “<=10000” Less than or equal to 10000
? Takes the place of a single character “Admin?” 6-character word starts by “Admin”
* Can take the place of any number of characters. “Admin*” Any number of character word starts with “Admin”
~ Use tilde in front of a  question mark or an asterisk to actually find them “Admin~*” Equal to "Admin*"

Note: Wildcards cannot be used for numeric values. Searching with a wildcard in a range of numeric values returns no matches.



The SUMIFS function returns incorrect results when you use it to match strings longer than 255 characters, or the string #VALUE!.


TRUE and FALSE values in average_range are evaluated as numbers. While TRUE is evaluated as 1, FALSE is evaluated as 0. As a result, this condition may give unexpected results when they are used in calculations with other values.

Empty Cell Reference

If criteria argument refers an empty cell, the AVERAGEIFS function evaluates the cell value as 0.