# Excel: How to Find Max Value by Group

Often you may want to find the max value of some dataset in Excel based on a category or group.

For example, suppose we have the following dataset and we’d like to find the max value of “points” for each team:

The following step-by-step example shows how to do so.

### Step 1: Enter the Data

First, enter the data values into Excel:

### Step 2: Find the Unique Groups

Next, we need to use the =UNIQUE() function to produce a list of unique team names.

In our example, we’ll type the following formula in cell D2:

```=UNIQUE(A2:A16)
```

This will produce a list of unique teams:

### Step 3: Find the Max Value by Group

Next, we will use the following formula to find the max points scored by each team:

```=MAX(IF(A:A=D2,B:B))
```

We will type this formula into cell E2 and then copy and paste it down to the remaining cells in column E:

This tells us:

• The max points scored by players on the Mavs is 26.
• The max points scored by players on the Warriors is 19.
• The max points scored by players on the Lakers is 33.
• The max points scored by players on the Heat is 19.
• The max points scored by players on the Celtics is 29.

Note: To calculate the minimum points scored by each team, simply replace the MAX in the formula with MIN.

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## One Reply to “Excel: How to Find Max Value by Group”

1. Steven says:

The formula “=MAX(IF(A:A=D2,B:B))” only works like that when you enter it holding “Ctrl + Shift + Enter.” Otherwise it’s only giving you the MAX in B:B and that’s it. With this trick you tell excel it’s an arrayformula… works in google sheets, too.