COALESCE (SQL Server Compact)

Returns the first nonnull expression among its arguments.


COALESCE ( expression [ ,...n ] ) 


  • expression
    An expression of any data type.

  • n
    A placeholder indicating that multiple expressions can be specified. All expressions must be of the same type or must be implicitly convertible to the same type.

Return Value

Returns the highest precedence type from the set of types in expression*.*


In this example, a table includes three columns with information about an employee's yearly wage: hourly_wage, salary, and commission. However, an employee receives only one of these pay types.

To determine the total amount paid to all employees, use the COALESCE function to receive only the nonnull value found in the hourly_wage, salary, and commission columns.

SELECT CONVERT(money, COALESCE(null, 5, null, 40 * 52, 65, null)) AS "First nonnull value"