Statistics of the Average Male Body

The composition of the average human man can be broken down into a series of specific physical measurements and statistics—some of which might surprise you. For example, an average man's head is about 7% of his body weight. That means the average man with a weight of 172 pounds has a head that weighs more than 12 pounds!

By identifying these standard stats and measures, some health issues can be more easily identified when a specific measure skews outside of these averages; however, also being averages, variations do not necessarily mean there is a health issue.

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Average Height

5 feet, 8 inches

Average Weight

174.6 lbs to 201.7 lbs, depending on age

Average Weight Distribution by Tissue Type

  • 43% muscle
  • 14% fat
  • 14% bone and marrow
  • 12% internal organs
  • 9% connective tissue and skin
  • 8% blood

Average Body Weight Distribution

  • 47% trunk and neck
  • 34% legs
  • 12% arms
  • 7% head

Water Content

60% of the average man's body is water.

Average Area of Skin

Body surface area for a 69-inch-tall male weighing 172 lbs is about 21.2 sq ft.

Average Lifetime Heart Beats

Approximately 3,363,840,000 times if you live to be 80 years old, at an average of 80 beats per minute.

Total Number of Bones


Average Number of Sperm Produced

The average man can produce 3,000 sperm a second.

Average Number of Sperm Per Ejaculation

200 to 300 million. But it only takes one at the right place at the right time to make a baby. A low sperm count is considered to be less than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. An average ejaculation volume is 1.5 to 5.0 milliliters.

Average Male Voice Audibility

The average man can be vocally understood at a distance of up to 200 yards; however, measured at night over still water, the maximum distance is 10.5 miles.

Average Penis Size

When flaccid, the average penis length ranges from 2.8 to 3.9 inches (7 to 10 centimeters) and the average circumference is 3.7 inches (9.3 centimeters). When erect, the average penis length for a human male was estimated as 6 inches (15.2 cm) and circumference as 5 inches (12.7 cm). Measuring your erect penis length and girth is useful for selecting the correct size of a condom.

Average Breakdown of Man in Elements

  • 65% oxygen
  • 18.5% carbon
  • 9.5% hydrogen
  • 3.3% nitrogen
  • 1.5% calcium
  • 1% phosphorus
  • 0.35% or less of potassium, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, and magnesium
  • There are also traces of iron, fluorine, iodine, zinc, and a few others and a few others
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Additional Reading

By Jerry Kennard
 Jerry Kennard, PhD, is a psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.