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How to calculate median in an Excel pivot table?

For example, you have created a pivot table to statistics sale amount of drinks as below screenshot shown. Now you want to add the median of each drink into the pivot table, any idea? This article will introduce a solution for yours.

Calculate median in an Excel pivot table

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arrow blue right bubbleCalculate median in an Excel pivot table

This method will guide you to add a helper column about medians in the source data, and then add the median field into the pivot table easily.

1. Insert a blank column beside the source data, type Median as column name, enter the formula =MEDIAN(IF($B$2:$B$31=B2,$C$2:$C$31)) into the first cell of the Median column, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together, and finally drag the AutoFill Handle to fill the whole column. See screenshot:

2. Select any cell in the pivot table to activate the PivotTable Tools, and then click Analyze (or Options) > Change Data Source > Change Data Source. See screenshot:

3. In the Change PivotTable Data Source dialog box, specify the new source data in the Table/Range box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. Now the Median filed is added in the PivotTable Fields pane, please drag the Median field to the Values section. See screenshot:

5. In the Values section, please click the Median field, and select Value Field Settings in the drop down list. See screenshot:

6. In the Value Field Settings dialog box, select Average in the Summarize value field by list under Summarize Values By tab, rename the field name as  Median (there is space before Median) in the Custom Name box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now you will see the median of each row label has been added in the pivot table. See screenshot:


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    Eugénia Pires · 4 months ago
    Thank you for the tip. Very clear concept - a matrix in each cell. Brillhant.
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    Joe · 8 months ago
    HI there!

    Thanks for the great tips and ideas. really helpful!
    in this line

    "1. Insert a blank column beside the source data, type Median as column name, enter the formula =MEDIAN(IF($B$2:$B$31=B2,$C$2:$C$31)) into the first cell of the Median column, and press Ctrl + Shift + End keys together, and finally drag the AutoFill Handle to fill the whole column. See screenshot:"

    ...didn't you mean Ctrl+Shift+Enter?


    thanks again,
    Joe