# Computing hourly rate

1. ## Computing hourly rate

I've got a sheet that has, Time Out (cell A), Time In (cell B), Total Time (cell C), Amount Earned (cell D). I also have a column that is supposed to computer the hourly rate in cell E.

Cell A and Cell B are set to: Format = Time
Cell C is set to: Format = Time --> Custom --> h:mm
Cell D is set to: Accounting
Cell E is set to: General

I subtract B from A to fill C; I divide D by C to fill E. But, E isn't computing properly and I assume it's because of the h:mm format in Cell C.

Any ideas on what I can do to fix this?

Thanks,

Chip

2. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

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4. Try to avoid using merged cells as they cause lots of problems.

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3. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

Alan,

That makes perfect sense. Thanks for letting me know.

4. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

Your formula in E2 should be: =D2/(C2*24)

This is because Time is a decimal part of 1 day or 24 hours. So, in terms of your issue, if you highlight C2 and select the F2 key and then the F9 key. Edit and Calculate, you will see that your value is really 0.0416666666666667 and not 1 as shown. Make sure to click on the escape key.

5. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

When I put that formula in, I get 0.00.

6. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

if you are looking for the hourly rate you have to change the format of that column (col E) to general or accounting or currency, general will return 20, accounting or currency will return \$20.

AND, if you want to get rid of the div/0 errors then make the formula either this... =IF(D2="","",D2/(C2*24)) or this =IFERROR(D2/(C2*24),"") or this...
=IFERROR(D2/(C2*24),0) -- this last one will make the accounting look like this \$ - when nothing is there.

7. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

Yes, that's it. I wasn't even looking at how column E was set. I was just concerned about what it was showing.

Thanks for the help.

8. ## Re: Computing hourly rate

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