Ethereum Gas Fee Spikes as ETH Breaks New Highs

Jafrin  |  Feb 5, 2021

The average gas fee of Ethereum (ETH) has surged to a new all-time high over $23 per transaction, data from Blockchair indicates. Consequently, ETH miners have earned over $22.75 million in fees over the last 24 hours. This indicates it’s now more expensive to use the Ethereum blockchain for making transactions or using decentralized applications (dapps).

Spike in Gas Fees Caused by Rising ETH Prices

As of 05:45 UTC, the average and median transaction fees on Ethereum have reached as high as $23.43 and $11.77, respectively. The last time Ethereum broke its transaction fee record was a month ago on Jan. 11, hitting an average of $19 per transaction.

The spike in transaction fees has been largely caused by the rising price of ETH. Ether price after struggling to break its 2017 ATH, finally exceeded its record high of reaching a new ATH of almost $1,700. At the time of writing, the ETH price has dropped slightly from its ATH, trading at $1,630.

The higher transaction fees have even made it more expensive to use DeFi apps, such as Uniswap, which tend to charge even higher fees for making swaps between different coins. Besides, transactions that use Ethereum-based coins, such as DAI, tend to have higher transaction fees than sending Ethereum itself.

Ethereum Miners Earning 4 Times More than Bitcoin Miners

Following the surge in higher gas fees and Ether price, Ethereum miners have similarly earned over $22.75 million in fees over the last 24 hours. Data indicates this is over four times more than Bitcoin (BTC) miners ($5.116 million). On average, both Ethereum and Bitcoin miners are currently earning $15.81 million and $4.485 million per day, respectively.

The higher gas fees also reflect the growing demand for ERC-20 based tokens, particularly stablecoins, also the booming DeFi sector. Led by DeFi tokens such as Uniswap (UNI) and Aave (AAVE), the total capitalization of the decentralized finance market is up 16.37% in the past 24 hours.

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