Decentralized Finance Frenzy Drives Ethereum Transaction Fees to All-Time Highs

Average transaction fees broke all-time highs as median fees hover just below its high.

AccessTimeIconAug 13, 2020 at 1:21 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:43 a.m. UTC

The average fee per transaction on Ethereum reached $6.04 Wednesday night, according to Blockchair, the highest fees since 2015.

  • Median transaction fees, which have stayed just below historic highs of $3.03, currently sit at $3.00.
  • Fees hovered below $1 until mid-July when transaction fees started to soar.
  • Fee increases coincide with surging activity on popular decentralized financial protocols like Uniswap.
  • At least three similar decentralized finance applications are included on a list of protocols with the highest levels of network utilization, curated by Etherscan.
  • While Ethereum developers have toyed with numerous technical options to reduce fees by scaling the network's transaction capacity, a possible fix remains months away.
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Average and median Ethereum transaction fees since July 2015


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