Summing the multiplication of two columns


I would like to know how to use a formula to multiply two columns and sum the results over multiple rows.

My columns are "salary" and "percent_work" (that is, 1.0 = full time, 0.5 = half time, etc.). My rows are the employees.

I need to multiply salary * percent_work and sum over all employees to obtain the total amount of payroll. Is there a formula for that?



  • Kelly Moore
    Kelly Moore ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey @Ligia

    The easiest way to do this is to add a helper column for the multiplication

    =salary@row * [percent_work]@row

    The sum, which if desired could be collected in a Sheet Summary field (found in the right hand menu on sheet) since it is a single value for the entire sheet, becomes

    =SUM([helper column]:[helper column])

    Be sure to change all the column references to your actual column names

    Does this work for you?


  • Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for your answer. I am hoping there is a way to do this without a helper column. The reason is that I need to do this operation for about 25 columns, so that would mean adding 25 helper columns.

    Is it possible to do this without a helper column?



  • Kelly Moore
    Kelly Moore ✭✭✭✭✭✭


    Maybe other community members can provide alternatives. The 25 other columns- are these separate arithmetic operations? Can some/all of the operations be combined in a single or few formula(s)?

  • The 25 columns are different projects. Each employee works on one or more projects.

    Thanks for trying to help.


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