How to Average Two Percentages

By Riz Khan

Determining the average of two percentages is similar to calculating the average of any two numbers. You add the two numbers and divide them by two. For simplicity, you may convert the two percentage values into decimals before dividing them by two to calculate the average. Multiply the resulting value by 100 if you need the answer as a percentage.



First, convert the two percentages into decimals. For example, suppose you want to calculate the average of 60 percent and 40 percent. Convert these values into decimals by dividing them by 100, so you get 0.6 and 0.4.

Secondly, find the sum of the two decimal values. In this example, adding 0.6 and 0.4 gives you 1.

Thirdly, divide the resulting value by 2. In this example, 1/2 = 0.5.

Finally, multiply the answer by 100 to get the answer in percentage. Multiplying 0.5 by 100 gives you 50 percent.

Tip

Another method is to take the percentage out and determine the average of the two numbers as you regularly would. The resulting value will express the average of the two percentages. So you could solve same example as (60 + 40)/2 percent, which is equal to 50 percent.

About the Author

Riz Khan started writing professionally in 2005. He has written for IT blogs, such as AddictiveTips. He owns a blog where he shares information, tips and tricks relating to IT, PDAs and graphics software. Khan has a diploma in digital media arts from Seneca College. He is currently enrolled in a bachelor's program in computer information systems at Yorkville University.