# Material Variance

## Material Cost Variance

The difference between the standard cost of direct materials specified for production and the actual cost of direct materials used in production is known as Direct Material Cost Variance. Material Cost Variance gives an idea of how much more or less cost has been incurred when compared with the standard cost. Thus, Variance Analysis is an important tool to keep a tab on the deviations from the standard set by a company.

## Material Cost Variance Formula

Formula for Material Cost Variance = Standard Cost – Actual Cost

Material Cost Variance can be due to less purchase price being paid than the standard or because of a change in the quantity of material used. Thus, Material Cost Variance consists of two components: Material Price Variance and Material Usage Variance.

### Material Cost Variance Formula

Standard Cost – Actual Cost

In other words, (Standard Quantity x Standard Price) – (Actual Quantity x Actual Price)

= (200 x 10) – (150 x 8)

= 800 (F)

Favorable, since the actual cost is less than the standard cost. If the actual cost is more than the standard cost, the result is Adverse (A).

MCV= MPV + MUV

= 300 (F) +500 (F)

= 800 (F)

Let us first understand the meaning of Material Price Variance.

## Material Price Variance

Material Price Variance is the difference between the standard price and the actual price for the actual quantity of materials used for production. The cause for material price variance can be many, including changes in prices, poor purchasing procedures, deficiencies in price negotiation, etc.

## Material Price Variance Formula

The calculation of Material Price Variance using the following formula is as follows:

MPV = (Standard Price – Actual Price) x Actual Quantity

Let us understand this formula with the help of an example.

Here, the Material Price Variance can be calculated as follows:

MPV = (10 – 8) x 150

= 300 (F)

Here (F) stands for favorable. The variance is favorable because the actual price is less than the standard price. In cases where the actual price is more than the standard price, the result is (A), which means adverse.

For a quick calculation, refer to Material Price Variance Calculator

Let us now understand the meaning of Material Usage Variance.

## Material Usage Variance

Material Usage Variance is the difference between the standard quantity specified for actual production and the actual quantity used at the standard purchase price. There can be many reasons for material usage variance, including the use of sub-standard or defective products, pilferage, wastage, differences in material quality, etc.

## Material Usage Variance Formula

MUV = (Standard Quantity – Actual Quantity) x Standard Price

With the help of the above example, let us now calculate Material Usage Variance.

MUV = (200 – 150) x 10

= 500 (F)

The result is Favorable since the standard quantity is more than the actual quantity. In cases where the actual quantity is more than the standard quantity, the result is in (A), which means Adverse.

### Conclusion

Material Cost Variance is composed of Material Price Variance and Material Usage Variance. This means Material Cost Variance = Material Price Variance + Material Usage Variance. We can confirm and cross-check this equation with the help of our example.

Refer to Material Yield Variance and Material Mix Variance.

What is material cost variance?

Material cost variance is the difference between the standard cost of direct material and the actual cost of direct material used in production.

What is the formula of material price variance?

MPV = (Standard Price – Actual Price) x Actual Quantity

How is material usage variance calculated?

The formula for calculating the material usage variance is:
MUV = (Standard Quantity – Actual Quantity) x Standard Price. Sanjay Borad is the founder & CEO of eFinanceManagement. He is passionate about keeping and making things simple and easy. Running this blog since 2009 and trying to explain "Financial Management Concepts in Layman's Terms".

### 5 thoughts on “Material Variance”

1. very good explanation

2. Good explanation…It is very helpful. Thank you.

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4. Here is the information given standard material for 70 kg finished product :100kg
Price of material :Re, 1per kg
Actual output 2,10,000
Material used,2,80,00
Cost of materia:Rs. 2,52,00
What is the actual quantity and standard quantity in the above information?

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