Ethereum Gas Costs Are Currently 62% Less Expensive Than Last Month
Since November 9, 2021, or 46 days ago, transaction fees on the Ethereum network have been cut by more than half the rate they were on that day. At the time, the average fee to move ethereum was $62.84 per transfer and since then, the fees have dropped 62.85% to $23.34 per transaction.
From $62 to $23 per Transaction, Ethereum Fees Have Been Cut by More Than 62%
Just over a month ago, it was a lot more expensive to transfer ethereum (ETH) onchain, let alone move an ERC20 token, swap tokens, or interact with a smart contract. On December 25, metrics show the average fee spent on the Ethereum network is $22.80 or 0.0056 ether per transaction.
The day prior it was $23.34 per transaction, which is 62.85% lower than the fees recorded on November 9. A 62% savings per data transfer cost is considerable and the median ether fee is even cheaper. Statistics from bitinfocharts.com indicate that on November 9, the median ether fee was $34.28 per transaction and today, the fee is 0.0032 ETH or $12.99.
The decrease in median fees size was also more than 62% less than the metrics recorded for median ether fees 46 days ago. Data transfer fees are even lower looking at the recorded median-sized fee by l2fees.info statistics. On Saturday, the fee to transact with ethereum is $6.78 per transaction but to move a token will cost $15.49 per transfer.
Layer 2 Networks Still Move Ether for Less Money
Swapping a token will cost the user $33.89 per transaction according to l2fees.info statistics today. Of course, layer two (L2) transfer fees are much lower and the lowest provider today in terms of fee rates is Loopring with $0.16 per ether transfer. Loopring is followed by Polygon Hermez ($0.25), Zksync ($0.33), Arbitrum One ($1.87), and Optimism ($2.00). To swap a token or interact with an Ethereum-based smart contract, it will cost a Zksync user $0.81, a Loopring user $1.02, an Optimism user $2.82, and an Arbitrum user $3.22 per transfer.
In addition to Ethereum network fees getting cheaper, Bitcoin (BTC) network fees are less today as well. In fact, since the end of July, BTC fees have been around $1.50 to $5.00 per transaction on average according to bitinfocharts.com data. On Saturday, December 25, 2021, the average bitcoin (BTC) fee is 0.000046 BTC which is roughly $2.36 per transaction or 0.0000001 BTC per byte. BTC fees did reach a high of $62.77 on April 21, 2021, which indicates that fees are 96.24% cheaper than the high recorded that day.
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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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