Bitcoin transaction fees are near their highest level in three years, as BTC price surged above $48,000. It seems Miners are having a good time indeed.
Bitcoin’s price—currently near the $48,000 mark—is having an effect on people’s pocketbooks. That includes the wallets of those who mine it.
According to data from blockchain analytics firm Glassnode, Bitcoin miners earned over $4 million in revenue in a one-hour period today. That’s the highest level ever recorded on the blockchain, it says.
#BTC miners just made over $4 million in a single hour – the highest hourly miner revenue in Bitcoin's history so far.
— glassnode (@glassnode) February 11, 2021
Mining is the process by which transactions are verified and added to the . Miners run specialized computers that contribute to the security of the network; the machine that solves the cryptographic puzzle first is rewarded with freshly minted Bitcoin. The process starts over every 10 minutes or so.
Miners earn two things when they establish a new block: a block reward, which is currently 6.25 BTC, plus fees paid by Bitcoin users to help prioritize their transactions.
That results in about 37.5 Bitcoin in block rewards each hour—maybe more if seven blocks are processed instead of six. At today’s BTC rate, that equates to $2.1 million.
Much of the money miners are earning, though, come from transaction fees, which hit a three-year high of $25.46 yesterday—with over 2,500 transactions per block—adding on another $400,000 or so. Yet fees fluctuate wildly from day to day and from hour to hour—and tend to be highest during US business hours.
This may be a good time to start Mining as well. What do you think? You can read some of our earlier blog posts on Mining here