Layer-2 Solutions are Boosting Ethereum Fee Revenue to Record Levels

  • Ethereum emerged as the leader in annual fee revenue compared to other blockchain networks.
  • Last year, Ethereum generated $2.728 billion in fees, which was more than double the amount earned by Bitcoin.
  • The Ethereum ecosystem is witnessing a growth in Layer-2 protocols, indicating a thriving environment for blockchain development.

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In the realm of annual fee revenue, Ethereum has emerged as the leader, surpassing the Bitcoin blockchain by generating fees that are more than double during the same timeframe. As per a recent report from Lookonchain, a blockchain analytics platform, Ethereum raked in $2.728 billion in fees in the previous year, whereas Bitcoin managed to accumulate $1.302 billion in the same period.

Tron Network took the third spot in network fees, accumulating $459.39 million, while Solana followed closely behind with $241.29 million, and Binance Smart Chain (BSC) secured $176.56 million. Ethereum, on the other hand, maintained a significant lead in fees generated, indicating that its network validators received more rewards compared to miners on the Bitcoin blockchain.

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The impressive performance of Ethereum in fee generation is noteworthy, especially considering that the fees on its network experienced a significant drop to a four-year low after the Dencun upgrade earlier in the year. By the end of June, Ethereum gas fees had decreased to 7.32 Gwei, marking a substantial 50% reduction from the 14.91 Gwei recorded on January 1st.


The data highlights Ethereum’s dominance in fee generation and the efficiency of its network validators. Despite the decrease in gas fees, Ethereum continues to outperform other networks in terms of rewarding its validators, showcasing its strength and stability in the decentralized application platform space.


Layer-2 protocols have been flourishing within the Ethereum ecosystem, leading to a surge in network activity. Vitalik Buterin, one of Ethereum’s co-founders, recently recognized the rapid expansion of prominent Ethereum L2 solutions such as Optimism and Base. Analysts attribute the spike in Ethereum network fees to the increased utilization of these L2 solutions.

The increasing integration of L2 protocols underscores their significance in alleviating network congestion and reducing gas fees. Among the top ten chains listed by Lookonchain for network fee revenue are Avalanche, zkSync Era, Optimism, and Polygon, in addition to Ethereum.

Despite the decrease in gas fees, Ethereum continues to dominate in fee revenue, showcasing the strength of its ecosystem and the growing adoption of its network. The emergence of Layer-2 solutions further solidifies Ethereum’s position as a leading blockchain platform.CRYPTOCASTER® - DECENTRALIZED FREEDOM!


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