Want Some Formula Fun? Course we do it is **#formulafriday** time. Here is a great one, I use it quite often. How to find how many numbers in your list are greater than the average. Think about it you….. can use this formula to find out

**how many students scored higher than average****how many employees are paid higher than the average****how any sales reps made sales higher than the average**

### The COUNTIF Syntax

**COUNTIF**is one of Excel’s statistical functions, to count the number of cells that meet a criterion you specify.

**=COUNTIF(range, criteria)**

Where

**range ** – is the range of cells that you want to count based on the *criteria*

**criteria** – is the criteria used to determine which cells to count

### An Example Using COUNTIF

Let’s take an example and find out how many employees are paid higher than the average salary.

First let’s calculate the average salary. Easy. See below.

We have used a value in another cell as part of the criteria, so we have used the ampersand (&) character to concatenate the cell value and the greater than symbol. As we are using a text string ( the greater than symbol) we must use the double quotation marks with it.

Now we have the average salary we can calculate using COUNTIF how many employees earn more than the average.

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