The **COUNTIF function** counts the number of cells that meet one criterion, such as the cells with a text string, the cells with a certain value, etc. The following formula is to help you get the count of cells not equal to a particular value.

**Example:** You are working with a dataset with the first name in column A, the last name in column B, and the salary in column C.

**Formula 1:** **How many people's salaries are not equal to $80,000?**

= COUNTIF(C2:C8, "=80000")

The result returns ten, and there are ten people with a salary equal to $80,000.

**Formula 2:** **How many people's salaries are not equal to $100,835?**

= COUNTIF(C2:C8, "=100835")

The result returns ten, and there are ten people with a salary equal to $100,835.

**Notes: The COUNTIF function**

**Formula:**

= COUNTIF(Range, "=number")

**Explanations:**

– The range is required, the range of cells you want to count;

– The number is required, which is the base number.