The **AVERAGE** function is one of the basic and useful functions in Google Sheets. It helps the users to get an arithmetic mean of a set of numerical values. You can calculate the average of values or a range of cells in Google Sheets. In this article, we will explain the anatomy of this function and a few suitable examples of how to use the **AVERAGE **function in Google Sheets.

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## What Is AVERAGE Function in Google Sheets?

The **AVERAGE** function returns the arithmetic mean of a set of numerical values.

#### Syntax

The **Syntax **of the **AVERAGE **function is shown below.

`AVERAGE(value1, [value2, …])`

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#### Arguments

ARGUMENT | REQUIREMENT | Function |
---|---|---|

value1 |
Required | The first value or range to consider when calculating the average value. |

value2 |
Optional | Additional values or ranges to consider when calculating the average value. |

#### Output

The formula **AVERAGE(1,2,3) **will return **2** because the arithmetic average of these three values is **2**.

## 4 Suitable Examples of Using AVERAGE Function in Google Sheets

There are various ways you can** find averages** from a dataset using the **AVERAGE** function.

Suppose, you have a dataset that contains the monthly salary of some employees of a company in the first three months of a particular year.

You can find the average salary for each person using the **AVERAGE** function.

Here, you can find averages in multiple ways in a dataset. You can use the cell values, and range of cells or combine both of them.

### 1. Using Cell Values

You can easily find the average of some numerical values using the **AVERAGE** function. This is a very simple thing to do. Now we will find the average using some direct values from the dataset. Follow the steps below to learn how to do that.

📌** Steps:**

- At the very beginning, select cell
**F5**in the dataset.

- Subsequently, to find the salary average of Adam, insert the following formula.

`=AVERAGE(200,230,280)`

- Following, hit the
**Enter**key.

- After that, input the respective values of other employees similarly.
- Finally, you will get the averages for all the employees.

**Read More: ****How to Average Cells from Different Sheets in Google Sheets**

### 2. Using Cell Reference

Now, we have put the direct values in some cells. Besides, we can find the averages using cell references. Please read along furthermore to learn how to do that by yourself.

📌** Steps:**

- First, select cell
**F5**and insert the following formula in the formula bar.

`=AVERAGE(C5:E5)`

- Subsequently, press the
**Enter**key.

- Next, drag down the
**fill handle**tool to copy the formula similar to other relevant cells.

- Finally, you will see the average of the next relevant cells.

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### 3. Combining Values and Cell References

Moreover, you can also find the averages combining direct values and cell references. At this time, we will use the **AVERAGE **function and put both the values and cell references in it. Follow the next steps and you can also do that.

📌** Steps:**

- First, enter the following formula in cell
**F5**.

`=AVERAGE(C5,D5,280)`

- Then, you will get the average in that cell.
- Similarly, you can select specific cells and add values to find the average for other cells similarly.

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### 4. Using Disoriented Cell Ranges

Furthermore, if you need to find the average of some disoriented cell ranges in a dataset, that can also be done using the **AVERAGE **function.

For example, here is a dataset where the salary of Adam and Kevin are given for 3 consecutive months. Following, their January salaries are mentioned respectively in cells **C5 **and **C6**, February salaries in cells **D7 **and **D8**, and finally their salaries for March are subsequently in cells **E9 **and **E10**.

You need to find the average of their salary. Read the below steps to learn that.

📌** Steps:**

- First, select the cell
**E12**and enter the below-mentioned formula.

`=AVERAGE(C5:C6,D7:D8,E9:E10)`

- Following, hit the
**Enter**key. - Next, the average will be in the selected cell.

## Things to Remember

- The
**AVERAGE**function ignores texts and boolean values(**TRUE**/**FALSE**). - The
**AVERAGE**function ignores blank cells but includes a cell containing zero value.

## Conclusion

So, in this article, we have tried to show you how to use the **AVERAGE** function in Google Sheets. Hopefully, the methods above will be enough for you to understand the applications of the function. Besides, please use the comment section below for further queries or suggestions. You may also visit our **OfficeWheel** blog to explore more about Google Sheets.