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Vital Signs: Normal Ranges for Adults



Vital signs include the heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual’s level of physical functioning.

Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise tolerance, and condition. Below are the usually normal ranges for adults.

TEMPERATURE
Oral: 37°C or 98.6°F
Rectal: 37.6°C or 99.6°F
Axilla: 36.4°C or 97.6°F

PULSE
60-100 beats/min

RESPIRATION
16-20 breaths/min

BLOOD PRESSURE
Average: 120/80 mm Hg

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