# Excel: How to Calculate Average If Cell Contains Text

You can use the following formula to calculate the average in Excel only for the cells that contain a specific text:

```=AVERAGEIF(A1:A13,"*text*",B1:B13)
```

This particular formula will calculate the average of the values in the range B1:B13 only for the cells that contain “text” in the range A1:A13.

Note: The asterisks are wildcard characters that tell Excel to ignore any text before or after a specific string.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

## Example: Calculate Average If Cell Contains Text

Suppose we have the following dataset that shows the points scored by 12 different basketball players: We can use the following formula to calculate the average points scored by players on the “Mavs” team only:

`=AVERAGEIF(A2:A13,"*mavs*",B2:B13)`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice: The average points scored by players on the “Mavs” team is 25.

We can manually verify that this is correct:

Average Points Scored = (31 + 23 + 21) / 3= 25.

Note that this formula is case-insensitive.

That is, we could use “*MAVS*” or “*mavs*” or “*Mavs*” in the formula and Excel will return the same result.

Note: You can find the complete documentation for the AVERAGEIF function here.