# Paying only 6 satoshis/vbyte (\$0.18 cents) per input in transaction fees?

I understand transactions are given priority based on the fee per vbyte of transaction data included in the transaction.

When I look at a Fee Calculator I see different quotes based on the desired block confirmation time. For example, to get confirmation within two blocks the fee is calculated as 72 satoshis/byte or \$34.31 for 10 inputs and 2 outputs (\$3.40 per input). For confirmation within 144 blocks (24 hrs) the rate drops to 6 satoshis/vbyte which turns out to \$1.86 for 10 inputs and two outputs (or 0.18 cents per input).

The assumption that a transaction will be included for 6 satoshis/vbyte is based on speculation that the block size will not continue to be clogged with other transactions that pay a higher fee per vbyte over the course of the next 24 hrs. If the rate of incoming transaction continues to remain the same the transaction should never get confirmed.

Why is it assumed that the number of transaction will decline to the extent that the fee of 6 satoshis/vbyte will be adequate to outdo other transactions? How do they know how many transactions will hit the blockchain in the next 24 hrs and more importantly what sort of fee will be attached to those transactions?

Thanks

• – Murch
Jan 29, 2021 at 18:12