The average cost of sending a transaction over the Ethereum blockchain has fallen by 82% from a September 2 peak of $11.61, down to $2.09 as of October 4. The decline may be the result of a slow down in the hype around decentralized finance (defi) protocols.
According to data from Glassnode, ethereum (ETH) miners have also seen a corresponding sharp drop in total earnings from fees over the past three weeks. On Sept. 17, miners raked in 42,763 ETH, or $14.97 million, in fees, but that tanked to just 5,898 ETH, or $2.06 million, as of Sunday.
As a percentage of miners’ total revenue, fees plunged to 29% from 69% during the same period. Fees have risen so high that on September 1, ETH miners made a record profit of over $500,000 in just one hour.
In August alone, miners made $113 million in profit, up more than 3,660% from the $3 million earned in April. Compared with the average transaction cost of just $0.09 in April, current ethereum fees remain excessively high, even with the latest decline.
Per the Glassnode data, the absolute…