# MS Excel: AVERAGE Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel AVERAGE function with syntax and examples.

## Description

The Microsoft Excel AVERAGE function returns the average (arithmetic mean) of the numbers provided.

## Syntax

The syntax for the Microsoft Excel AVERAGE function is:

`AVERAGE( number1, [number2], ... [number_n] )`

### Parameters or Arguments

number1, number2, ... number_n
Numeric values that can be numbers, named ranges, arrays, or references to numbers. There can be up to 30 values entered.

## Applies To

The AVERAGE function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

• Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

## Type of Excel Function

The AVERAGE function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

• Worksheet function (WS)

## Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel AVERAGE function examples and explore how to use the AVERAGE function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following AVERAGE examples would return:

```=AVERAGE(B2, B3)
Result: 8.85

=AVERAGE(B3, B5, 45)
Result: 19.2

=AVERAGE(B2:B6)
Result: 46.24```
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