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MS Excel: MEDIAN Function (WS)

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


The Microsoft Excel MEDIAN function returns the median of the numbers provided.


The syntax for the MEDIAN function in Microsoft Excel is:

MEDIAN( number1, [number2, ... number_n] )

Parameters or Arguments

A numeric value that can be a number, named range, array, or reference to a number.
number2, ... number_n
Optional. Numeric values that can be numbers, named ranges, arrays, or references to numbers. There can be up to 30 values entered.

Applies To

The MEDIAN 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 MEDIAN 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 MEDIAN function examples and explore how to use the MEDIAN function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

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

Result: 8.85

=MEDIAN(A3, A5, 45)
Result: 7.2

Result: 8.1

=MEDIAN(1, 3, 13, 14, 15)
Result: 13